How to Clean a Convertible Roof


Beverly asked: How do I clean a white convertible roof and molds from inside. I have black marks over my white convertible roof and mold marks inside. How should I remove them?

When it comes to cleaning your convertible roof, choose a cleaner that is safe and effective. Check with your dealer for any recommended items, or use the one found below. With a little time and effort, you will have it looking as good as new.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stains:

  1. Begin by gently cleaning the area to remove any loose dust or debris.
  2. Shake the bottle well.
  3. Apply a thin layer of the cleaner with a sponge.
  4. Use a soft brush, sponge or cloth to gently rub the cleaner into the canvas.
  5. For tougher stains, allow the cleaner to sit on the stain for up to 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the cleaner with a soft cloth and water. For the exterior, it can be rinsed away with a hose.
  7. Once all of the residue from the cleaner is removed, allow the surface to dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not allow the cleaner to dry on the surface.
  • For additional protection, apply a protectant product designed for the specific material of your convertible once the area is clean.
  • When scrubbing the surface with the cleaner, do not allow it to spread to other surfaces as it may cause damage.
  • Avoid using bleach-based products. Even though it will remove the mold, the stitching in the convertible top will become weakened and is more likely to become damaged.
  • Check your owner’s manual for additional cleaning and care information for your convertible top. With all of the new chemicals and products on the market, they are complete and offer a solid understanding of what can and cannot be used on your particular convertible top.


  1. Jim says:

    I have a 2007 Mustang convertible and it looks great, except for the stains in my tan top. They are NOT from mold, but rather from the black plastic trim. I have used a convertible cleaner for my vinyl top, which worked on the mold, but the plastic stains just laughed at that. I don’t want to use anything too harsh as I fear permanently wrecking my top. Any suggestions?

  2. Kyle says:

    Hey, I have a ’67 firebird and the top is still in good shape, but needs a good cleaning and I need a good and fast way to clean it. It’s white with yellow stains. Please help; almost done with the project!

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