How to Take Care of a Rag Top Convertible

by Jerel Jacobs

Owning a convertible can be an enjoyable experience, especially during the warmer months. However, in order to keep your soft top convertible looking its best, it needs regular cleaning. In addition to cleaning, you will also have to be vigilant in protecting your convertible top from the elements and natural dangers.

Protect your convertible top during the winter. If you cannot garage your convertible, wipe any snow or ice from the soft top before it has a chance to accumulate.

Remove bird droppings. Wipe away bird droppings using a car wash mitt and convertible top shampoo. The acid in bird droppings can damage the sensitive fabric of the rag top.

Clean your rag top thoroughly twice per year. This can be done once a the start of summer and again right before winter. First, make sure that the top is cool and out of direct sunlight. Next, use a medium to soft bristled nylon brush and convertible top shampoo to thoroughly remove any dirt and soil from the rag top.

Periodically clean your rag top in between the twice per year thorough cleanings. Pull your car into a shaded area and allow the top to cool completely. Next, spray it with plain water and gently wipe it down with a soft sponge or brush.

Clean the plastic window. Use paper tape or a fabric lint brush to remove dust and dirt from the plastic window in between cleanings. Apply the tape sticky side down and the tape will remove dirt and debris when it is removed. Alternatively, the lint brush can by gently rolled across the plastic to remove minor dust and dirt.


  • check Convertible top cleaning shampoo can be purchased from an auto parts store or car detailing shop. Consider applying a liquid rag top protectant or polish after washing. While not a requirement, the extra protection may help your rag top last longer. Never use abrasives, such as Comet or Ajax, on a convertible top. When cleaning the plastic window do not use glass cleaners. Use cleaners specifically designed for plastic convertible windows.

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