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Washing the Tesla outdoor car cover

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by joefee, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. joefee

    joefee Over 2 Million TMC page views

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    Has anyone done this... Can you share method for wash/dry & results....thanks!
     
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    I have not done this yet. However, while looking for a care label, I found that the cover is made by coverking. On coverking's site, there is a FAQ stating that you should hand wash with a mild soap by gently swishing around the cover in a large basin. Hang dry.

    Looks like the bathtub is my only option.


    If for some reason you just want to wash the outside of the cover, they mention using a mild auto soap while the cover is on the vehicle.
     
  3. jcaspar

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    With my California car cover for my Viper I used to wash it in a front loading washer on gentle cold with 1/4 cup of Simple Green with extra rinse. Then hung it outside on a railing to dry. Worked great.
     
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    That is what I have done. The cover is too large and bulky for me to wash any other way.
     
  5. Gizmotoy

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    Machines can be dangerous for car covers. I'm not sure which CoverKing Tesla uses, but many of their products are multi-layer fabrics that are heat or adhesive-fused. Putting them in a machine can separate the layers and ruin the cover.

    Most can be washed as noted above: carefully, by soaking in a tub by hand, or directly on the car. No machines.
     
  6. dpodoll

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    Exactly what we did to wash ours. Used commercial laundry mat to wash, and hung it over lawn chairs to air dry.
     
  7. jcaspar

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    Here is the info from California car covers regarding cleaning their covers. It does vary depending on material. My GE front loader was easily big enough for the Viper cover:

    CLEANING YOUR CAR COVER

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    Proper care of your California Car Cover is vital to its performance and longevity. Dirt that builds up on top and within the car cover fabric can affect protection. Often a dirty car cover can cause paint or glass to appear dirty or fogged. Proper cleaning can extend the service life of your car cover.

    The method for cleaning a car cover varies from material. Please follow our guidelines below to make sure your car cover is cleaned properly.

    Do: Check your fabric care guide that was sent with your car cover for best results.
    Don't: Clean a car cover in a washer with a center agitator.
    Don't: Use fabric softener
    Don't: Put a non-woven or specialty car cover material in the dryer.

    Superweave and Ultraweave Car Covers
    • Place the car cover in a commercial washer (smaller car covers can be washed in a standard capacity home washer).
    • Top Loading Machines: Pour ¼ cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into the washing machine after it has been filled with warm water.
    • Front Loading Machines: Pour cleaner directly into machine and then place cover inside.
    • Use a gentle cycle if possible.
    • Rinse the car cover twice to remove excess cleaner
    • Dry using medium heat
    Stormweave, NOAH, Dustop, California Customweave, Plushweave, Softweave, Satin Fleece, Multiweave II, Extremeweave, Satin Stretch, and Corvette Designer Print Car Covers
    • Place the car cover in a commercial washer
    • Pour ¼ cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into the washing machine after it has been filled with cool to warm water.
    • Use a gentle cycle if possible
    • Rinse the cover twice to remove excess cleaner.
    • Air dry.
    Non-Washing Machine Option:
    • Place the California Car Cover on your vehicle inside out.
    • Mix Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner with warm water.
    • Spray or sponge cleaner onto cover.
    • Rinse thoroughly with water until suds are gone
    • Air dry.
     
  8. joefee

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    Thanks for the replys...
     

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