How to Clean the Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Convertible Top
Those who own a Mazda MX-5 Miata probably take great care in keeping it in pristine condition, which means washing and cleaning the exterior and interior. But one question that may arise frequently for Miata owners is how to clean the vehicle’s soft convertible top. We have some tips that might help you out.
For one, you definitely want to clean the soft top on your Miata regularly. Even if the top doesn’t seem that dirty, it is usually a good idea to wash it anyway. A build of dirt that is allowed to sit for too long can cause deterioration. Before we run you through the steps you should take to wash the soft top, here are a few “no-nos” to keep in mind:
- Never run your soft-top Miata through an automatic, high-pressure car wash.
- Do not spray water directly on the area where the window glass and convertible top meet, as it could allow water to leak into the interior.
- Do not spray water in the area where the body and the convertible top meet for the same reason mentioned above.
- When cleaning the soft top, do not use alcohol, chlorine bleach, thinner, benzene, gasoline or other organic solvents.
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What’s the Best Way to Clean Your Miata’s Soft Top Roof
The best way to clean your Miata’s soft top roof is actually pretty simple. We’ve outlined the steps that should be taken below, but feel free to consult your owner’s manual or contact us as well.
- Use a soft brush to brush away any loose dirt hanging out on the soft convertible top.
- You can use a synthetic neutral detergent to clean the soft top. Combine this with plenty of water and some gentle cleaning with a soft brush.
- Once clean, make sure you rinse away all of the detergent and grime thoroughly.
- To dry, simply wipe up as much of the water as you can. Once you’ve done so, you can allow any remaining water to dry on its own. You should allow the soft top to dry completely before lowering it again.
Now that you know how to clean the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s soft convertible top, be sure to take good care of it to avoid discoloration or deterioration. You can check back to the Holiday Mazda blog for more tips with your Mazda.