Canvas Care & Maintenance
Canvas needs to be cared for just like any other accessory you own. It matures and gracefully ages with time. Minimal care needs to be taken for a long lasting proofed canvas.
- Clean fabric using soft brush and cold water only.
- Keep away from petrol, solvents, etc.
- Store only when dry.
- Should mildew spots appear, brush them off before they become attached.
- Persistent mold or mildew growth should be treated with suitable anti-fungal chemical.
- Canvas which has been cleaned extensively may require reproofing.
Note: Rhinotuff Canvas is an industrial textile. From time to time, it may be subject to random aesthetic imperfections. These imperfections are cosmetic only and will not impact at all on the performance of this high quality canvas.
- DO NOT use bleach - it will strip the soft top's vinyl and plastic windows of their natural properties.
- DO NOT use common household cleaning products including soaps, detergents, cleaning fluids or insecticides - they tend to contain silicone or petroleum solvents.
- DO NOT use household spray window cleaners - they tend to contain alcohol and/or ammonia which will rapidly dry out the natural oils in your windows.
- DO NOT use paper towels on the windows - they will definitely scratch your windows.
- DO NOT apply much pressure while cleaning - because even the smallest particles of dirt can scratch the windows.
- DO NOT wipe in a circular or swirling pattern - this goes against the natural grain of the windows themselves and could create scratches.
- DO NOT allow bird droppings, earth, sand or vegetable matter to remain in contact with the fabric - they can cause permanent stains.
Some Useful Tips:
- Clean the soft top whenever you see dirt accumulate on either the attached vinyl windows or the top surface. Clear any pebbles or sharp objects from the soft top with your hands to prevent tearing.
- Wash your soft top at least once a month (or when it is dusty or dirty) with a non-detergent-based auto shampoo. If your top is not dirty, skip the cleaning liquid and just rinse it thoroughly with plenty of cool water. Make sure the shampoo you use does not contain gloss-enhancing oils. If the shampoo contains oil, the top will absorb the oil and attract dust.
- The recommended tool for washing is a soft scrub brush. Do not use a scotch brite, sponge or wool mitt, as they will leave lint. If your top has soil marks, stains or bird droppings, use a small, stiff upholstery scrub brush. If you can rub the brush across the back of your hand without scratching your skin, it's safe to use on your soft top. Do not, however, use a scrub brush on the vinyl window. It will scratch. Make sure you rinse the top thoroughly with a stiff stream of water to remove all of the shampoo and dirt. If at any point you see the canvas being damaged by using the brush, STOP brushing with it.
- On canvas tops, dry using a synthetic chamois or microfiber towel. The best method is to use the towel or chamois to blot up the water. Don't wipe. Do not use a terry cloth towel or diaper to dry your canvas top, as they will leave lint.
- Best way to protect the vinyl windows from yellowing is to use a plasticiser. Use it once a month on the windows and wipe dry. This plasticizer prevents the UV rays from attacking the vinyl windows. When UV rays hit a vinyl window, it causing a off-gassing reaction. This makes the vinyl porous and starts absorbing things which cause the yellowness.
- Store the soft top in a dry area when it's not in use. Cover the windows with a towel and then roll them up so the vinyl doesn't touch itself. This will prevent scratching. When you fold your top, make sure the fold lines are matching the natural fold lines. Do not create new ones. Also, always, wash, dry and then store your soft top.
- If the buttons on the soft top are rusted, replace them and then store it otherwise you will get dirty permanent rust stains.
- Take the backend of a candle and rub it like a pencil erasure along the zippers to prevent jamming (both sides - inside and outside)
Tips for the supporting rods for the soft top:
- After removing the rods, make sure you store them in a non moist area and do not store anything on top of it or they will bend.
- Always pouch and label the screws and use a small string and tie the bag to the frame so you will not misplace the screws.
- Do not use rusted frames or they will stain the soft top.
- Alternative to spray paint - enamel paint, clear nail varnish or worse case urgent scenario use duct tape around the rod.