As your Jeep Wrangler’s top protects you and your family while driving, it is important to ensure it stays in tip top shape. While cleaning a Wrangler with a hard top is like cleaning the rest of the vehicle, many new Jeep owners struggle choosing which products to keep their soft tops clean. In this article, we’ll cover some tips to know about cleaning, protecting, and maintaining your Jeep Wrangler’s removable soft top.
Cleaning Your Soft Top
Your soft top is made from heavy duty, multi ply fabric that effectively reduces outside noise and insulates passengers from the elements. Despite being tough in structure, this material must be treated with care during the cleaning process to reduce risk of rips and tears.
There are a range of quality products on the market that are suitable for rinsing dirt and grime from your beloved Jeep Wrangler soft top. Reputable brands like Mopar make great soft top cleaners for very reasonable prices to ensure it stays in pristine condition. Soft tops naturally require more cleaning than hard tops. You should aim to clean your Jeep Wrangler soft top about every month or so. Preventative maintenance in the form of protectors and polishers will be immensely effective in keeping dirt and grime at bay between washes.
Storing Your Soft Top Wrangler
While we as Jeep owners love adventures, it’s important to keep your vehicle away from adverse conditions in order to maximize its life. High stress weather such as scolding heat and heavy precipitation increase the amount of wear and tear on the soft top and will force you to replace it sooner than you’d expect. Keeping your Wrangler in a garage whenever possible will protect from the elements and help preserve your Jeep’s soft top.
Water Proofing Your Wrangler
Waterproofing is a method of maintaining your soft top hood and making sure it ready to face unpredictable weather patterns will save you a lot of stress when caring for your hood down the line. It is very simple to perform and inexpensive to implement when compared to the hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars you’ll save.
Mask the edges of your soft top with tape
Carefully secure all edges of the hood to keep mold and moisture out using masking tape. Ensure the seams between the hood and body are secured.
Spray on a canvas or vinyl hydroponic solution (depending on the specific material of your soft top)
Go out and test your new waterproofed soft top!
Your soft top is vital to both the aesthetic and the functionality of your Jeep Wrangler. Keeping it clean and maintained will provide maximum utility to your vehicle in any condition. It is very simple and requires minimal effort, while mismanaging your soft top could lead to serious consequences down the road. Remember to wash your hood every 1-2 months, in addition to applying all of the other tips mentioned in this guide!
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