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Old 07-28-2008, 03:22 PM   #1
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Cleaning Porsche Silverguard Car Cover

Hi,

My car cover is starting to get dirty on the inside, and I was wondering about the best way to wash it. Does anyone here throw it in the their front-load washer? I have a high-capacity unit that takes king-sized comforters...

And what detergent would you recommend, something for delicates?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:55 PM   #2
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Hi,

My car cover is starting to get dirty on the inside, and I was wondering about the best way to wash it. Does anyone here throw it in the their front-load washer? I have a high-capacity unit that takes king-sized comforters...

And what detergent would you recommend, something for delicates?

Thanks in advance.
Ayan
I screwed up and let my car set under an oak tree for about an hour, before putting on my silverguard cover. So now......it has damned tree sap on the inside of it that totally craps up my car, if I put it on.
The parts man (for over thirty years) at Brumos said you are supposed to use mild detergent and a soft brush and gently scrub the inside of the cover. (put on MY Porsche, inside out?) I have a hard time believing this will take out the tree sap.
I don't think our frontloader is big enough for the cover and I also don't want to face wifey for getting tree sap on her good clothes.
I figure my cover is ruined now, so............

Laundrymat?
YOu try it first, AYan, and let us know how it worked!!
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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If you have a washer without an agitator then drop it in there and let it hang and air dry. Otherwise rinse it off with a hose and let it air dry. Don't put it in a dryer under any circumstance.
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If it were me (and it will be someday when my silverguard needs it), I would soak it overnight in a bath tub starting out with warm water and mild detergent, like woolite - this will loosen most dirt, sap, etc.

Then, I would put it in a front load washer on gentle and cold, using maybe 1/8-1/4 the normal amount of detergent (since my washer is not front load, I'd stuff it in a garbage bag and take it to a laundromat w/ front loaders, along with some synthetic clothes - non-cotton like and wash them first to 'clean' out the machine, then the cover). Then line dry it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:35 AM   #5
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Try All free. Has no dyes. We use it on our kids, so far their skin remains untarnished.

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Old 07-29-2008, 12:59 PM   #6
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Try All free. Has no dyes. We use it on our kids, so far their skin remains untarnished.

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Yeah, but those kids will heal!
If I screw up my car cover, I'll have to buy another!
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
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I did it.

I machine washed my Porsche silver guard cover tonight and it came out great.

Went to the laundromat around the corner from my house. Picked out the largest front loader they had. Made sure no one was looking. Popped in the cover. Dumped about an ounce or two of Zaino car wash in the machine (figured it wouldn't leave behind any residue that would hurt my wax job). After I dumped in the un-measured amount of Zaino, I remembered that fron loaders like to foam-out if you put too much suds in them. It didn't seem to have a problem with Zaino (whew!)

Once that was done I put it in one of their dryers on the lowest heat setting. Took less than 30 minutes to dry.

It's back on the car now and seems no worse for washing it.
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Sorry guys, for not replying to this thread earlier. I had a new baby boy this summer (unexpectedly popped out 6 weeks early), so Porsche stuff hasn't really been on my mind!

Thanks for all the responses, and especially to roadracer for being the guinea pig! My cover isn't REALLY dirty, but it has gotten quite dusty. I ended up giving it a good shake out last week, and put it onto the car for the winter.

I will try washing it in the front load in the spring!

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Old 11-09-2008, 02:16 PM   #9
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Wash once with warm/cold water. Rinse twice. Hang dry.

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