CageCovers™ Care & Cleaning

One of the best ways to keep CageCovers™ fabrics looking good is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more frequent vigorous cleaning. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.

General or Light Cleaning

To clean CageCovers™ while still on a Jeep, follow these simple steps:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Hose down.
  3. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid.
  4. Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  5. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
  6. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
  7. Air dry.
  8. May not require re-treatment depending on the age of the fabric.

If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew. For roof run-off or other similar stains a strong degreaser may be required (see our Stain Chart for specific recommendations).

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains and Mildew

CageCovers™ fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric.

To clean stubborn stains:

  1. Prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap per gallon of clean water.
  2. Soak affected area in solution for 15 minutes.
  3. Blot stain with a sponge or clean towel.
  4. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  5. Air dry.

Re-treating the Fabric:

As part of the finishing process, CageCovers™ fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. Based on test results, CageCovers™ recommends 303™ Fabric Guard™ as the preferred re-treatment product for CageCovers™ fabrics. Fabrics should be re-treated after thorough cleaning or as needed.

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Applying 303 Fabric Guard:

303 should be applied to CageCovers™ fabrics after each thorough cleaning, which typically removes the original finish and reduces the fabric’s water repellency.

  1. Clean CageCovers™ fabric, using one of the cleaning methods.
  2. Allow CageCovers™ to completely air dry.
  3. Apply 303 Fabric Guard in a well ventilated area following instructions on the container.
  4. Apply 303 in a thin, even coat and allow fabric to dry completely.
  5. Apply a second thin, even coating of 303. (Two light coatings are more effective in restoring fabric water resistance than a single heavy coating.)

Note: A 16-ounce bottle provides ample coverage of any CageCover™ set.
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Additional Cleaning Instructions

Professional Cleaners:

You may have access to professional cleaning firms. In evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about a firm’s experience in working with acrylic based fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.