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Cleaning Your Car Cover


Proper care of your California Car Cover is vital to its performance and longevity. Dirt that builds up on top and within the car cover fabric can affect protection. Often a dirty car cover can cause paint or glass to appear dirty or fogged. Proper cleaning can extend the service life of your car cover.

The method for cleaning a car cover varies from material. Please follow our guidelines below to make sure your car cover is cleaned properly.

Do: Check your fabric care guide that was sent with your car cover for best results.
Don't: Clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator.
Don't: Use fabric softener
Don't: Put a non-woven or specialty car cover material in the dryer.

FabricMachineCleanerWater Temp.MachineAir Dry
CustomweaveH or CPD/SGColdMedium Heat 
DustopCommercialSGCold X
MultiweaveCommercialSGCold X
NOAHCommercialSGCold X
PlushweaveH or CPD/SGColdMedium Heat 
Satin FleeceH or CPD/SGWarm X
SoftweaveH or CPD/SGColdMedium Heat 
StormweaveCommercialSGCold X
SunbrellaCommercialSGWarmMedium Heat 
SuperweaveH or CPDWarmHigh Heat 
Superweave HDCommercialPDWarmHigh Heat 
UltraweaveH or CPDWarmHigh Heat 
Machine Type: (H) = Large home sized top-load with/without agitator (C) = Commercial or Large home front load, no agitator
Cleaner: (PD) = Powder Detergent, No Bleach or Fabric Softener (SG) = Simple Green 1/4 Cup in 1 Cup Water
  1. Place the cover in a largest washing machine available. Extra-large cover, for vehicles such as SUV and pickup trucks, in any fabric should always be washed in large commercial, front load machines.
  2. Use the GENTLE cycle, if available.
  3. Wash according to the above chart for appropriate cleaner and machine settings
  4. Rinse the cover twice (2x) with water only to remove all of the cleaner.
  5. Dry according to chart.
Note: BEFORE USING A COVER, here are some Important Suggestions:

TOWING – Car Covers are not designed for use when towing. Serious damage can occur to the car cover and the paint surface of the vehicle may also be damaged. If you use a car cover for outer towing, please do so at your own risk

REPAINTED VEHICLES – Use of a car cover on any recently painted surface may cause damage to that surface as the paint needs time to cure (your painter can recommend a good time to start using your car cover and even to wax your new paint for the first time).

HIGH WIND AREAS – When using a car cover in high wind areas (and for prolonged storage), use the loops and rope provided to securely pull the cover tight under the center of the car. This should be done even if the optional lock and cable is being used. A car cover is not designed to replace a garage and should be checked for flapping in high winds. If wind gets under the car cover, it can cause it to work loose and come off the vehicle. A helpful and suggested product for high wind areas is the Gust Guard Clamping System.

FREEZING WEATHER – In very rare cases when a heavy rainstorm is followed by an extreme temperature drop to below freezing, it is possible for a car cover to become frozen to a layer of ice created between the vehicle body and the cover. Do not attempt to remove the cover if this happens. If it is necessary to remove the cover, we recommend pouring warm water over the vehicle and slowly removing the cover, taking care to inspect the surfaces of both the car cover and the vehicle during the removal process. Stop immediately if you encounter resistance – the ice has not been melted completely and you must pour more warm water over the vehicle.

HAZING OF WINDOWS AND PAINT – Airborne pollutants may be deposited on the windows or paint while a vehicle is being driven or when parked uncovered. These deposits may become smeared and create a haze when the car cover is used. The haze can be wiped off with a damp cloth or washed off with water. Please see our Golden Shine Car Care products if you need a quick detail spray or glass cleaner for fast clean up.

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