Car Cover Care


When It's Time to Wash Your Car Cover


The purpose of your car cover is to protect your car from dirt, tree sap, bird waste, and other potentially damaging materials. Just as these materials can do damage to your car, they can also damage your car cover. Cleaning car cover periodically will not only keep the cover looking nice but also sustain it so it will continue to protect your car for many years to come.


How to Clean Car Cover


There are basically two ways to clean a car cover: by hand or in a washing machine.  The method that you use depends partly on what kind of car cover your have, so be sure to pay attention to the care instructions that your cover came with.


  • How to Wash Car Cover by Hand: You will need a garden hose and water, mild liquid detergent, a bucket, a sponge, your car, and a place to hang the cover to dry. Start by pulling the car cover over the car and stretching it tight. Spray the cover with the hose, scrub it with the mild detergent and sponge, rinse it with the hose, remove it from the vehicle, and hang it to dry.
  • How to Wash Car Cover by Machine: If you have a machine-washable car cover, be sure you only use a commercial, front-loading washer, like those you find in a laundromat. A domestic washer with a central agitator will not be able to handle the job. If available, use the "gentle" or "delicate" cycle, and rinse the cover at least twice.


What Else to Know

When it's time to wash car cover, be sure you follow the care instructions that came with your cover. Never dry clean your car cover, and never use fabric softener on it as this will weaken its water resistance. Only wash the cover in cold water, never hot.


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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.


Fabric Machine Cleaner Water Temp. Machine Air Dry
Customweave H or C PD/SG Cold Medium Heat  
Dustop Commercial SG Cold   X
Multiweave Commercial SG Cold   X
NOAH Commercial SG Cold   X
Plushweave H or C PD/SG Cold Medium Heat  
Satin Fleece H or C PD/SG Warm   X
Softweave H or C PD/SG Cold Medium Heat  
Stormweave Commercial SG Cold   X
Sunbrella Commercial SG Warm Medium Heat  
Superweave H or C PD Warm High Heat  
Superweave HD Commercial PD Warm High Heat  
Ultraweave H or C PD Warm High 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 Clamp 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.