How do I Clean and Protect My Canvas Top?
A. The Haartz Corporation recommends using RAGGTOPP Cleaner and RAGGTOPP Protectant (available from World Upholstery at tel: 800-222-9577, fax: 805-921-0101.)
Thoroughly tested and endorsed by HAARTZ, the world's leading manufacturer of convertible topping fabric since 1920s. HAARTZ is the designated supplier of convertible topping fabric for virtually every U.S. automaker and most European manufacturers, and is the world's only manufacturer of both PVC and cloth combined automobile and sport utility topping.
Products include, CAMBRIA®, STAYFAST, SONNENLAND, SONNENDECK, TWILLFAST® and SEAMARK,
all Solution Dyed Acrylic Topping Fabrics.
Although the fabrics do not promote mildew growth by themself, mildew may develop on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed. This is especially true in warm, humid, dark environments. A program of keeping the fabric clean through regular washings, BEFORE it gets dirty, will enhance the life and beauty of the acrylic and make successive cleaning easier.
Hand washing in shade or partial shade, not direct sunlight, is best. DO NOT USE DETERGENT. Bird and tree droppings, as well as other loose particle soils, should be removed immediately. Vacuum with a brush attachment and rinse thoroughly with water to remove loose particle soils. This will also prevent the soils from being redeposited during the cleaning process. Once the fabric has been rinsed thoroughly, spray RAGGTOPP Cleaner evenly over the entire surface while still wet. Allow the cleaner to soak for 10 to 20 minutes and then scrub lightly with a soft nylon brush or terry cloth rag. Rinse thoroughly, preferably until no remaining soap foam is observed. Additional cleanings may be required. It is best to determine the need for additional cleanings after the fabric has dried completely.
Once dry, cleaning must be followed by re-water repelling with RAGGTOPP Protectant. (This product does not contain CFC's and therefore, is not harmful to the environment.) Failure to apply will result in rapid resoiling of the unprotected fabric.
Washing with soap (ie. Ivory or Lux) and warm water is a safe alternative to RAGGTOPP Cleaner, but not as effective.
For more stubborn cases, mix a solution of no more than 1/2 cup (4oz.) bleach and 1/4 cup (2oz.) RAGGTOPP Cleaner per gallon of water, soak for approximately 20 minutes and scrub lightly as indicated above. (Excessive soaking with the bleach solution can deteriorate seam threads.) Rinse thoroughly to prevent streaking on painted and chrome surfaces. Several cleanings may be necessary. Once again, RAGGTOPP Protectant water repellent must be applied to the fully dried fabric.
Seamark, Stayfast®, Sonnenland®, Twillfast®, and Cambria® are registered trademarks of the Haartz Corporation
RAGGTOPP is a trademark of Wolfsteins Pro-Series