How to Wash a Car Cover

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For anyone needing to store a car for an extended time and even for those of us who simply want to protect our vehicle from the outdoor elements, car covers are quite handy. Unfortunately, washing that car cover isn't as easy as many of us would like. Depending on the particular type and size of car cover that we have, washing it can be a difficult task.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Bucket
  • Washing machine
  • Access to a laundromat
  • Mild detergent
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Laundry line
  • Use a clean, soft cloth dampened with a mild soapy solution to spot clean the car cover for the best results before you wash it.

  • Scrub gently in a circular motion any stubborn stains or grime that is on the car cover.

  • Wash the car cover by hand if you are up to the task. This is often the best solution for thin, flimsy car covers. Use a soft cloth dampened with a mild soapy solution or an all purpose cleaner.

  • Wipe any residue from the car cover by using a bucket of clean water and a clean, soft cloth. Wipe the car cover gently until all residue has been removed, rinsing the cloth in between wipes.

  • Wash large, bulky car covers in an over-sized washing machine. Use a mild detergent. Use a gentle wash cycle for thinner, flimsier car covers and a normal setting for heavy duty car covers.

  • Hang the car cover on a sturdy laundry line to dry. Do not place the cover into the dryer as this can damage the car cover. Flip the car cover over several times on the laundry line to ensure that all of it dries properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never place your car cover in the dryer. Some car covers will melt if they go through a drying cycle.

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