by Chris Lewis.
Tonneau covers often look terrible because of dirt. The reason they accumulate so much dirt is their location at the back of your pickup truck.
While the cover protects the tonneau from the external environment, it accumulates all kinds of dirt such as bird poop, grime, dust, etc.
After accumulating these things for some time, it becomes a terrible sight to behold. Someone might even see your tonneau cover and advise you to change it, thinking it's old. In such a condition, you must take some necessary actions to make it look new again.
So in this article, we will explore some of the available methods to make the tonneau cover look new.
We will also share a step-wise guide on how to implement the cleaning process. If you’re ready to get to work, check them below.
Before you jump into the cleaning proper, there are certain things you must do to be on the safe side.
Before you do anything on the cover, first inspect it thoroughly. You have to check if the latches are easy to open, close and still functional.
To do that, go to the side rails and inspect them. You must do this to know if they have rusted and can’t open anymore.
If they have rusted, apply a small amount of mineral oil to the joints holding the latches together. Then, keep working on them until you can open them freely.
After inspection, check the clamps, bolts, and hardware to ensure they're still secure in their positions.
If they have shifted in any way, adjust them rightly to avoid scratching or breaking them while cleaning.
After these preliminary checks, you’re set to start the cleaning process.
Before you start the cleaning process, you must understand that tonneau covers can be soft or hard.
The soft covers come in vinyl material, while the hardcovers can be of plastic, metal, etc. So, the texture of the cover determines the materials and approach you'll use.
Let’s explore our options below.
If your Tonneau cover is soft, you must be more careful when cleaning it. The brush you will use, the cleaner you will use, and the amount of pressure to apply will be milder to avoid damages. So, to clean the softcover, get the following:
If your tonneau cover is hard, you're going to take a different approach to clean it. The good news is that anyone can do it, even kids, without damaging it because it is a tough nail. So, let's go through the process step by step.
Now that you’ve restored the tonneau cover to a beautiful appearance, it’s time to step up your maintenance practices.
If you’ve not been doing anything to protect it or keep it clean for longer periods, check the following tips below.
The tonneau won’t maintain its appearance without the cover. However, if the cover is dirty and repulsive, it changes the appearance of your truck.
So, try to keep it clean always and also create a maintenance schedule to protect it from too much dirt.
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