GMC Sierra 1500 Tonneau Cover
Two Important Tips to Maintain the Excellent Condition of Your GMC Sierra 1500 Tonneau Cover
When deciding on what accessory to get for your GMC truck, you won't go wrong in picking a tonneau cover. This add-on makes your truck even more functional by allowing you to carry more stuff in the truck bed without the fear of them getting wet, stolen, or damaged. Tonneau covers come in various types—folding, retractable, or roll-up, soft or hard. No matter what type of tonneau cover you get for your GMC Sierra, you have to take good care of it to get long service life out of this add-on and to increase the resale value of your truck. Here are some tips on how you can maintain the excellent condition of your GMC Sierra 1500 tonneau cover:
- Use only the right type of cleaner and cleaning equipment.
Of course, the best way to maintain your tonneau is to keep it clean. But you have to carefully choose the products and cleaning equipment you'll use on the tonneau cover. Use water and mild soap when washing the cover and a soft-bristle car wash brush to scrub the dirt off. If you want to use a commercial tonneau cover cleaner, then go for one with pH-balanced, biodegradable formula.
Unless your tonneau cover is made of vinyl, never use a vinyl cleaner as it can cause other materials to deteriorate and fade. To protect the surface and restore the glossy appearance of your tonneau, you can apply a protectant once the tonneau cover has completely dried.
- Do not leave heavy stuff on top of the cover for extended hours.
Most truck owners have the habit of putting some of their luggage on top of the tonneau cover while they're cleaning the truck bed or organizing the other cargos. Avoid doing this if possible, especially if it will take you a long while before you can take the heavy cargo off the cover. This will cause sagging and damage on the cover. If this practice makes it easier for you to load your stuff on the truck bed, check your manual first and make sure that you only place stuff that are within the cover's specific weight ratings.