FAQs—Mercedes Benz CLK550
I love my Mercedes Benz CLK550 more than any other car I owned, but cleaning the convertible top is always a nightmare. Why can't I get rid of those rings?
Compared to other vehicles with metal or fiberglass roofs that are easier to wash, the convertible top requires special care. Some cleaning agents, like bleach and detergent, that can be used for the painted exterior panels are not recommended for use on the convertible top. This is because they may contain elements that can lead to early deterioration of vinyl and fabric-made tops. Vinegar, too, due to its high acidity level, can cause similar problem. As for those stubborn rings or spots, they are usually left by ammonia or alcohol-containing cleaning agents. And if you find your convertible top easily packed with dirt, you may have used a car shampoo that's common in the market. The gloss enhancers that they often contain catch dust coming right to the convertible top very easily. Choose one that is especially designed for the type of material with which your convertible top is made of.
I purchased a convertible because I want my top down. That's where my problem with dirt in the interior comes. Can you suggest any tips to make cleaning easier?
Cities are not kind with drivers who love their tops down. So you have a choice to rather enjoy the sight fully when driving your Mercedes Benz CLK550 in urban roads. Although, the quality of air in urban areas prove to be a lot better than that in cities, road dust remains, especially on desert places. And so, driving either on city or urban roads can take toll on the interior of your Mercedes Benz CLK550 over time. They both will surely bring hard cleaning challenge, but if it's okay with you to take on that, better be prepared.
The same car care rules basically apply for every interior of all types of vehicles. Frequency and kind of cleaning need would largely depend on the severity of dirtiness, though. As for a convertible that doesn't deal with children, cargos, and pets, mild cleaning is often the requirement. And it would really help if you do vacuuming as frequently as possible. Dust and a few others that usually come with your shoes will not accumulate up to the point of building into sediment-like dirt. When you do that, regular cleaning will be so much easier.
It's amazing how a convertible showcases luxury with its top down, but the UV rays come in the way. How can I prevent my upholstery from early fading?
Since the weather condition that allows you to have your top down is limited to sunny and windy, there's not much ways to prevent the sun from ruining the color of your upholstery. Dark and vibrant colors will fade in time. You may stretch the top when the clock hits 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. That should lessen the sun's impact on the upholstery and on your skin all at the same time. You may also opt for light-colored upholstery so that fading won't be readily noticed.