Car Cover Cleaning
Instruction on Car Cover Cleaning
The generic cleaning instructions noted below are intended for use with all our car covers but you should refer to the instruction sheet enclosed with the car cover for any fabric specific care instructions, particularly with Custom Made car covers.
Car cover fabric performance
Car cover fabric performance can be severely affected by dirt that builds up on and within the material. It can cause the windshield and paint to become dirty and “fogged” as well as create “wicking” where it actually helps pull water through the fabric, nullifying any water resistant properties the fabric may have had. Cleaning your cover will help to keep your vehicle clean and to increase the service life of the cover. It is obviously important to ensure your car is dirt and dust free before installing a car cover as dust particles and dirt caught between a cover and your vehicle's paintwork can also cause abrasions to paintwork.
Do's and Don'ts with your car cover
- NEVER...Clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator (except WeatherShield® fabric covers).
- NEVER...Use fabric softener.
- NEVER...Dry a non-woven or specialty type cover in a dryer.
(WeatherShield® fabric & Form-Fit™ covers can be dried in a dryer with regular heat; polycotton, cotton and flannel can be dried on low heat.)
With most Autotecnica car covers a good occasional hose-down and a wipe-down with a clean sponge is all that is necessary. Always leave Autotecnica covers out to dry naturally.
A cover can also be cleaned by turning it inside-out on the vehicle.
1 - Mix 30grams All-Purpose Cleaner per litre of warm water.
2 - Spray or sponge onto cover.
3 - Rinse with plain water (until no suds) and allow to air dry.
Washable Covercraft Car Cover Fabrics
1 - Using a large commercial washer without agitator, wash the cover using 1/4 cup of All-Purpose Cleaner (some WeatherShield covers are compact enough to be washed in a normal size washer). Put the cover in the washer and pour the cleaner in the tub after it’s filled with warm water or pour it directly in the machine (some wall mounted commercial units), then put in the cover and start the machine .
2 - Rinse the cover twice (2X) to remove all the cleaner.
3 - Air dry (unless it’s one of the covers noted above that can be dried in a dryer with regular or low heat).