Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Soft Top & Zipper Care Do's & Don'ts

(Updated December 2023) There are lots of tips on cost-saving cleaning techniques for your Jeep's soft top. We spend thousands, tens of thousands of dollars on our Jeeps, why not spend a couple extra bucks to buy the products made for keeping the soft top clean and long-lasting. 

Bestop Cleaning Products

There are several trusted brands out there you could use: Bestop and Mopar. I used the Bestop products on my Sahara and found they are simple and easy to use. -- A Cleaner, Protectant, Polisher.

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The three areas of the Jeep Soft Top you should concentrate on are the fabric, the windows, and the zippers. Keeping your soft top clean, and making frequent inspections, will help prolong the life of it.

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Reduce the exposure to the elements by parking in the garage.. if you can. The sun causes the fabric to fade, threads to fail and our vinyl windows to yellow, crack, and fade. Spending quality time and hard work on our soft tops can make it last plenty of years. 

Never use bleach, detergents, ammonia, or alcohol-based products, stick with the products specifically made for the soft top. Clean it monthly, and don't forget the inside.

You hear a lot of people recommending the Pledge spray polish, the regular not lemon, on Jeep Windows. I suggest you avoid this tip. I hear over time it will cause your windows to turn yellow.

You hear this question all the time on social media. Can I take my Jeep through the car wash? If you have a lifted Jeep with bigger tires some car washes will refuse you. Those automatic car washes are not a good idea because the high-pressure sprays and rotating brushes will force water into the vehicle. Taking your Jeep soft top through an automatic car wash will scratch the Jeep’s windows and might even tear the seams. Plus, some of the chemicals can cause irreversible damage to the vinyl itself.

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Make sure you keep those zippers clean too. If you let dirt and grime build up on your soft top, windows, and zippers, it will ultimately lessen the life of your soft top. Just some regular mild soap and water will keep dirt from building up on your Jeep's zippers as well. I have used zipper lube in the past, but some say that lubrication attracts dirt and grime.

A must for your zippers: zipper pulls on your Jeep’s windows. This allows for easy grasping and pulling. There are several places online where you can purchase paracord zipper pulls or if you are crafty you can make your own. The cool thing about this is you can make them in a color to match your accessory color. My purple paracord zipper pulls allow me to work the zipper much easier now.

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