Jeep Soft Top Maintenance and Cleaning

Learn how to care for and maintain your Jeep soft top. See our soft top advisor if you're in the market for a replacement Jeep top.


You love your Jeep but you must love your Soft Top ! The elements are harsh on your Soft Top: rain, mildew, UV rays, heat, bird droppings, tar, tree sap and plenty of other things. Jeep owners love the outside, they love the sun, but the sun is not nice to our Soft Tops. The UV rays of the sun cause the fabric to fade, threads to fail, and our vinyl windows to yellow, crack and fade. For these reasons we must spend time and hard work on our Soft Tops. If you care for your Soft Top it will last for plenty of years to come. If you made an investment on a Jeep Bikini Top as your alternate top for the summer months don't neglect it. Your Jeep Bikini Top needs care and maintenance and what is surprising is that a couple of minutes spent on your Jeep Bikini Top will extend the life and improve the look.


You ought to maintain your Soft Top on a regular basis. Different times of the year as well as the age of your Soft Top may require more upkeep. As a general rule you ought to be applying protectants every 30 to 90 days depending on the factors already mentioned. There's three areas you ought to be concentrating on when it comes to your Jeep Soft Top. They are: 1)The fabric, 2)The Windows 3)The Zippers. The first two are obvious, but sometimes the zippers get ignored until it is too late. You need to purchase an oil to keep the zippers in full working order. The products you are going to need are Cleaner, Protectant, Polisher and Oil.

Applying Protectants

Soft Tops look like they are made of canvas but in reality they are made of PVC made to be flexible by adding “Plasticizers". Acrylic, polyester, cotton blends and other synthetics are woven to form your Soft Top. These fabrics are treated with water repellant chemicals since they are considered breathable fabrics. As with any Soft Top with time you may encounter a break down of the fabric and experience leaks. Applying protectants on a regular basis will extend the life of the top and prevent an early onset of leaks. The protectants are going to assist the functionality as well as the look of the Soft Tops by safeguarding your Jeep Soft Top from rain, UV rays, mildew and heat.

Garaging When ever possible

This next topic may seem like a no-brainer but because of the free-wheeling mindset of the Jeep owner sometimes it goes unmentioned. Two of the best ways to protect your Jeep Soft Top is to garage your Jeep. By garaging your Jeep you are reducing the exposure to the elements. This does not mean that you can skip the Soft Top maintenance but it does mean that you are buying time. Keep in mind whenever possible even if you don't have a home garage you can garage your Jeep at the mall, the doctors office or work. When you are out take a few minutes to look around before you park and see if the facility offers garage parking. Take advantage of the chance and garage your Soft Top.


The most important point is to purchase the right products and to take some time to read the instructions and follow them closely. A number of the trusted brands to think about are Bestop, Raggtop and Mopar. These brands offer the products you need: Cleaner, Protectant, Polisher and Oil. When purchasing your Soft Top maintenance products these are brands that have been around a long time, and they know through testing how to keep you Jeep Soft Top in great shape.


Bestop is a long standing brand that makes Jeep Soft Tops, Bikini Tops, Safari Tops Windjammer and Duster Combos. Since they make Soft Tops they understand the necessary upkeep. They offer a Cleaner and Protectant Combo Pack that includes everything you need for your Jeep Soft Top, a Cleaner, Protectant and Polisher for your windows. You will still need to purchase the Zipper Cleaner/Lubricant. RaggTop offers a one Pack with Cleaner and Protectant but you will still need to purchase the Window Polisher and the Zipper Cleaner/Lubricant. Mopar has the best Zipper Cleaner and Oil product for your Jeep Soft Top. The Cleaner/Lubricant works on all types of zippers, plastic and metal. The bottle has a special brush that lets you remove dirt and deposits lodged in the zipper channel & applies the oil as well. Don't Forget Your Zippers!!!


Because your Jeep Soft Top looks like canvas it doesn't mean it is, Right? We discussed this earlier so don't tidy your Soft Top with regular household products. Never use Bleach, Detergents, Ammonia or Alcohol based products. These products will deteriorate your top & reduce the quality & life of you Soft Top. Wash your Soft Top at least one time a month or when you notice dust or dirt collecting. Make sure the shampoo/cleaner you use does not contain oils. Oil will act as a dust magnet. As long as you stick to the trusted products your Jeep Soft Top will be protected. Use a Soft bristle brush to get grime & dirt loose from the surface. Make sure you thoroughly rinse all residues away to ensure the life of the Soft Top.When cleaning the windows, wipe them left to right or up and down so that you don't scratch the surface. Make sure you rinse the windows thoroughly. Apply Soft Top Protectant, do this in the shade so that the Protectant doesn't dry out allowing you the time you need to spread it around. Apply it in a circular or crisscross motion. When applying the cleaner to the Windows make sure you use a soft terry cloth or a cotton rag & apply the cleaner inside & out.

In Conclusion

You made an investment on your Jeep Soft Top, Bikini Top, Safari Top or Windjammer Duster Combo, now protect it. Make sure you get the industry trusted products from Bestop, RaggTop & Mopar, follow the instructions & keep a maintenance schedule.

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