Jeep Jeepster Soft Top
Caring for Your Jeep Jeepster Soft Top: Here’s How to
The soft top makes a beautiful convertible even more functional and interesting. It makes you worry less even if the weather suddenly goes crazy and you unexpectedly get caught in an early morning or late afternoon drizzle. With its importance and with the peace of mind it can provide you with, it is your responsibility to take good care of your Jeep Jeepster soft top.
Unlike hardtops, soft tops have special care requirements that you have to keep in mind so as not to end up damaging rather than cleaning them. Here are a few care tips that you should follow:
- Use only the right cleaner, cleaning tools, and cleaning method.
Wash your soft top regularly. If it isn't dirty, rinsing it with a strong jet of clear water at least once a month will do. If it's dusty and dirty and you think it could use the magic of a soft top cleaner, make sure to use one that's non-detergent based. Avoid using car wash shampoos as they have gloss enhancers that will just make the soft top a dust magnet. It is also advisable to use a very soft-bristle brush in scrubbing dirt off the soft top. To know if the brush is gentle on the soft top material, try to brush it across the back of your hand. If it doesn't scratch your skin, then it will be safe for use on your convertible's top.
- Avoid spot cleaning.
Unless your Jeepster's soft top has bug residues, bird poop, or tree sap that needs to be eliminated immediately, try to avoid spot cleaning it as it will leave unsightly rings or spots on the surface of your convertible top.
- Protect your convertible like you do your hard top's paint.
Much like a hard top, you can maintain or restore the beauty and functionality of your soft top by applying the right protectant after cleaning. It will also help maintain your soft top's resale value. Just make sure to use a protectant that's designed for the material your soft top is made of. If your top is made of fabric, cloth, or canvas, apply protectant at least 3 to 4 times a year. Vinyl soft tops, on the other hand, need to be protected more often, so protectant application is recommended every 4 to 5 weeks.