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BMW Cover question

Discussion in 'BMW' started by GreatChoice2009, Aug 29, 2009.

    GreatChoice2009 guest

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    I bought a new BMW cover and went on travel for 3 weeks. Now the cover caught some dry grass and dirt at the places where it was touching the ground. I am concerned that it may scratch my new car, but I have no idea on how to wash it. Any tips?
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    John in VA

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    From Carcareonline.com:
    http://carcareonline.com/viewarticle.aspx?art=2
    "Car cover care is simple, and usually involves cleaning it periodically. Read your cover's directions carefully. Most may be washed in the washing machine with a mild detergent and no fabric softener. Dry thoroughly according to the manufacturer's directions. No car cover should be stored wet. If it is removed wet, dry as soon as possible. Solvents, such a gasoline, etc. will usually eat holes in your cover. Most are not that happy if they are draped on hot exhaust pipes, they tend to melt and leave a gooey mess that is a thrill to clean."

    From Covercraft.com:
    http://www.covercraft.com/cleaning.htm
    The generic cleaning instructions noted below are intended for use with all Covercraft covers but you should refer to the instruction sheet enclosed with the car cover for any fabric specific care instructions.

    Car cover fabric performance can be severely affected by dirt that builds up on and within the material. It can cause the windshield and paint to become dirty and "fogged" as well as create "wicking" where it actually helps pull water through the fabric, nullifying any water resistant properties the fabric may have had. Cleaning your cover will help to keep your vehicle clean and to increase the service life of the cover.

    NEVER...Clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator (except WeatherShield® fabric covers).
    NEVER...Use fabric softener.
    NEVER...Dry a non-woven or specialty type cover in a dryer.
    (WeatherShield® fabric & Form-Fit™ covers can be dried in a dryer with regular heat; polycotton, cotton and flannel can be dried on low heat.)

    1 - Using a large commercial washer without agitator, wash the cover using 1/4 cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner (some WeatherShield covers are compact enough to be washed in a normal size washer). Put the cover in the washer and pour the cleaner in the tub after it's filled with warm water or pour it directly in the machine (some wall mounted commercial units), then put in the cover and start the machine .
    2 - Rinse the cover twice (2X) to remove all the cleaner.
    3 - Air dry (unless it's one of the covers noted above that can be dried in a dryer with regular or low heat).

    A cover may also be cleaned by turning it inside-out on the vehicle.
    1 - Mix one ounce Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner per quart of warm water.
    2 - Spray or sponge onto cover.
    3 - Rinse with plain water (until no suds) and allow to air dry.

    GreatChoice2009 guest

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    Thanks

    John, Thanks a lot! This is very helpful except I did not find any instructions in the cover box. (Have to call the dealer). Most likely I take your more general instructions, go to a dry cleaner, and make them wash the cover in a laundry machine. Air dry can get a little tricky, especially with the Nothern VA/DC humidity

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