Car covers are meant to be strong and sturdy. They should keep a vehicle protected for an extended period of time.
However, the messes that can get onto some car covers can add up over time. While it’s better to have these stains all over a cover than on the actual vehicle, you need to be careful when it comes to the canopy that you’re using.
One thing you can do on occasion is wash your car cover. You should wash it once a month so it will stay attractive and useful. In addition, the odds of any stains on the cover getting onto the vehicle as you take the unit off or put it on will be reduced.
However, every cover has its own special standards with regards to how you have to wash it. You should take a closer look at the model you want to use and then compare information on how it can be washed. This is so you’ll know how to take care of it the right way.
Can You Machine Wash It?
If you are able to machine wash a car cover then that means you can place it inside a traditional washing machine. It can be washed through a heavy-duty process that focuses on taking out all the stains on its body.
Models that allow you to machine wash them often have bodies that will retain their colors for years and will not fade for several washes.
You can even dry your machine-washable cover at home. You can dry it out in a traditional dryer but you might want to think about air-drying it just in case. Some traditional dryers might shrink some fabrics. Air-drying the cover is the best way to go if you want to preserve its body and keep it working as needed.
Some covers will require you to hand-wash them. That is, you’d have to mix water with a safe form of liquid detergent. You’ll then have to gently massage the mixture into the body of the cover. After this, you can let it dry out in the air.
This works for some covers that are a little more fragile. Some models have sensitive materials that can be harmed if you put them in a washing machine. If you hand-wash these materials then the risk of you causing them to wear out will be reduced significantly. It obviously takes longer for you to dry the cover by hanging it out to dry. However, the natural effect of the air blowing into the cover will do more to it without putting it at risk of damages.
Always take a look at the care instructions that come with a car cover before you use one. You must always identify the rules for taking care of such a cover and know how to wash it properly. If you wash and dry it the wrong way then it will not work as well as it is supposed to. Car covers are supposed to be protective. Make sure you protect yours by washing it the right way.