Is your Soft Top Ready for Winter?

Is your Soft Top Ready for Winter?

There’s nothing like driving along with the top down in the beautiful sunshine on a warm summer’s day. After all, that’s what convertibles were made for!

But what about when the sun goes away, the temperature drops and the rain, wind and even snow hit? Not only do we all feel the effects of Winter but so does your soft top! And that’s why it’s important to keep a check on your car hood regularly to prevent any long-term damage.

 

Our top tips are:

  • If you are fitting a hard top make sure the soft top is completely dry before folding it away.
  • Avoid long periods of inactivity of the mechanism as this can cause the frame to seize. So just get your top down as often as you can. 🙂
  • Keep vinyl soft tops clean with a soft damp cloth and diluted mild detergent, such as washing up liquid.
  • If you have a mohair soft top then use a soft clothes brush to remove the dust and a damp (lint-free) cloth diluted mild detergent, such as washing up liquid to remove any stains.
  • Condensation inside the car at this time of year is very common with convertibles. We recommend you remove any water with a dry cloth and put the heater on regularly. In the warmer months get your car dry as much as possible by opening the soft top and enjoy!

If your soft top needs a bit of TLC this Winter or you think it’s time for a new one please get in touch and we will be happy to give you any advice. You can see the makes of car that we supply car hoods for here.

Taking good care of your car hood

Taking good care of your car hood

We take great pride in what we do and the hoods we produce and fit for our customers.

 

So much so, that we want you to be able to enjoy your new convertible roof for as long as possible. Here are our top tips for taking good care of your new hood:

  • NEVER leave your soft top down when wet – your hood will get mouldy and shrinkage could occur. Always store you car with the hood up.
  • Keep your new soft top in the CLOSED/UP position for a minimum of two days in the warmer months and five days in the colder months to allow the material to stretch to the correct tension.
  • NEVER use a jet wash/car wash to clean the soft top – it could damage the fabric.
  • Make sure you activate your car hood mechanism regularly so that the frame doesn’t seize.
  • Clean vinyl tops with a soft damp cloth using diluted mild detergent such as washing up liquid.
  • Clean mohair tops with a soft clothes brush to remove the dust and use a damp cloth diluted mild detergent such as washing up liquid to remove stains.

 

If you would like to know more about our car hoods or how to take care of yours then please get in touch on 0208 391 5324 or email us on info@carhood.com.