How to Wash Soft Top Convertibles
Convertibles are great. With the top down and the wind blowing through your curly locks you feel like nothing can stop you, an exhilaration that just can't be duplicated in a "closed car" no matter how big its sunroof might be. But as anyone who has owned a convertible knows (and I've owned several), there is a hidden hassle just waiting to spoil all the fun. It's called the convertible top.
Now those folks who have never owned a convertible don't suspect it, but the self-same soft top that folds away to enable automotive Nirvana is just chockfull of potential issues. It can leak. It can tear. Its rear window might quickly turn opaque. And, apropos of this article on how to wash soft-top convertibles, it can be very challenging to clean — if you want to do it properly.
There is a price to pay for the thrill of open-top motoring, and that price is extra maintenance. When you compare cars you'll find convertible tops are made of flexible materials — fabric or vinyl — that enable them to fold, and they might also have a plastic rather than glass rear window that also requires special maintenance. If you fail to clean your car's top frequently, it will not only begin to look bad, but it will also be prone to leak and require early replacement.