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how to clean bimini top?

I brought home the bimini top and dodger and would like to clean them before I store them for the winter. Should I just use a mild disherwasher soap? What about the plastic windows? This is a factory top from my Catalina310.

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I have not cleaned my cloth yet, but I used Prism Polish (not the liquid) on my dodger windows and it worked fabulously. A little goes a long way.

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Assuming the fabric is Sunbrella, it can easily be cleaned with warm water and Woolite using a soft brush. If it is stained, add a bit of Oxyclean to the mix. The plastic can be cleaned by spraying a bit of 409 on it and then rinsing with warm clean water. Do not rub the plastic as any particulate matter on it can/will scratch the surfaces. Once the initial debris has been removed and bit of Macquire's Plastic Cleaner and polish on a pad of cheese cloth will do wonders. Roll, do not fold, the top using an old towel over the plastic so that it does not come in contact with itself or the fabric any more than necessary. If you have room for it, slide it under a bed or somewhere in the house where the temperature remains moderate for the winter. Note that in the Spring, any lost water repellancy of the fabric can be restored with a bit of 303 sprayed on.

I'm sure that Catalina or the Catalina Owners forum on the Catalina web site also has suggestions.

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svHyLyte has some good advice. I would suggest that your final polishing action be with a microfiber cloth.
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Donor use anything on your windows but IMARI stratglass cleaner. 9only useasoft 100 per cent cotton cloth to clean. Use this after you have washed the window with water and mild detergent. Do not rub anything else will scratch cloud up your window. The IMAR will act like appolish kind of like Rainex

Woolite recommendation isagreatway to wash sunbrella don't was out protective coating


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BEST to clean Sunbrella is with Apseal 303 "Fabric Cleaner" ... wont disturb/remove the water repellency of the Sunbrella.
.... Made by the same company that makes Apseal 303 "Fabric Protector" to restore water repellency of Sunbrella. All these products are endorsed/recommended by the manufacturer of Sunbrella.
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My wonderful wife, Saltwater Suzi, worked in a canvas shop for many years and wrote a page on Canvas Care for our site, the Frugal Mariner. Advice on cleaning is about halfway down the page. The Frugal Mariner - Care of Boat Canvas

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