Pro Tips for Tonneau Cover Maintenance

 

 

Tonneau cover is a must-have accessory for your pickup truck; it helps to keep items in your bed from flying out or getting dirty and protects the bed itself by keeping out rain, dust, rocks, and other debris.

Tonneau covers are usually made of leather, vinyl or some other soft material, so they require the proper maintenance to keep them from drying out and cracking. Fortunately, keeping them in top shape doesn’t take much effort. Here are a few things you can do to maintain your tonneau cover.

 

Check Regularly for Signs of Damage

We recommend you to check the cover at least once a week as blemishes can be formed under intense heat or in extreme dry weather condition. A small crack on the cover can quickly turn into a hole or a tear. You need to check for signs of cracks or other damages regularly so to spot these problems early and treat them so they don’t deteriorate and ruin the cover.

 

Check the Mounting Hardware Regularly

Mounting hardware can rust, become grimy, or come loose. Rust can cause damage to the cover, and if the cover is loose, it is more susceptible to ripping. While you are checking the state of the cover, make sure you check the mounting hardware as well. Make any repairs or perform any maintenance as necessary right away.

 

Rinse before Cleaning

Before you clean the cover, you need to flood it with water to thoroughly rinse away any grit that might be on the surface. If you start cleaning with a sponge or washcloth, you will only push the dirt and grit around and possibly scratch the surface. Wet the entire surface liberally before you start cleaning.

 

Use Specialized Tonneau Cover Cleaner & Protectant 

Never use harsh cleansers on your tonneau cover, including dish liquid, detergent, bleach, or household cleaner. If you do not have tonneau cover cleaner on hand, just use mild soap and water to clean the cover. Be sure to wash the cover while your truck is parked in a shaded area, or the harsh sunrays will bake the soap onto the cover. We strongly recommend using specialized tonneau cover cleaners to maximize protection, such as our TYGER Tonneau Cover Cleaner & Protectant Spray.

 

Rinse Well 

Rinse the cover thoroughly; do not leave behind even a trace of soap. Soap residues might bake onto the cover and leave behind streaks that won’t be easy to remove. When you think you are finished, rinse it again for good measure.

Afterwards, make sure you thoroughly rinse off any soap residues on the truck as well.

 

Keep Heavy Items off the Cover

Your truck bed cover may seem sturdy, but it is still made of soft materials. Putting any heavy item on the cover can break it or cause a permanently sag. Sagging on the cover will collect rain or snow and eventually causing the cover to break.

With the right care, your tonneau cover can last for many years. Explore our catalog to find a style that suits your truck or contact us today for more details.