No one talks about this downside of owning a convertible

Life is so glamorous until you have to clean the thing

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There's a good chance you've considered owning a convertible at some point during your petrolhead career. The wind in your hair (I'd be so lucky), the smell of the countryside and an instantly louder exhaust note are all brilliant reasons to ditch hardtop life and throw the roof back.

Clearly there are few better driving experiences than a cruise through beautiful mountains in a convertible – give us a Porsche Boxster and some Swiss mountain passes – but there's one downside to convertible life that no one seems to talk about.

And it's bird poo.

They'd have to be pretty accurate birds, surely?

A rare photo of a Golf Cabriolet without a garden growing on the roof

A rare photo of a Golf Cabriolet without a garden growing on the roof

There seems to be a rule of the universe that declares bird poo will mostly fall on the roof of your convertible while it's parked outside your alpine hotel. And bird muck is a bit of a pain in the arse to remove from a mohair or vinyl roof.

That's precisely why the geniuses at Liqui Moly have created Convertible Soft Top Cleaner. It's designed to remove all of life's annoyances from your cabriolet's roof without much effort on your part. Wait for your roof to cool off (and don't use it in direct sunlight), then spray it on, rub it in gently with a sponge or brush, then rinse off with water. Voila – a clean roof.

Perfect for bringing tired soft-tops back to life

Perfect for bringing tired soft-tops back to life

Clearly it's designed to remove bird poo, but it's also excellent at removing tar, grease, road dirt and generally spruce up tired soft-tops while being kind to paintwork, polycarbonate rear windows, rubber seals and PVC – even if you use it regularly.

As the ex-owner of a Toyota MR2 which had a roof made mostly of grass and moss, I'm slightly sad I didn't have this to hand during my ownership.

Don't stop there

Once your roof's nice and clean you should consider re-waterproofing it. Liqui Moly makes a Fabric Impregnation product – simply spray it onto your clean (and dry) roof. You can even use it on your jacket and tents, should you wish. Regardless, it'll leave your roof protected against moisture – you can even use it on vinyl roofs.

Try it for yourself before your roof becomes a bird's nest

You can grab Liqui Moly's Convertible Soft Top Cleaner online or from a workshop or retailer – use Liqui Moly's resource finder to locate your nearest stockist.

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Comments (9)

  • My third convertible… I’ll always have one despite some minor inconveniences.

      7 days ago
  • Wait, that's it, birds? What about "oh it's to bright outside ( sunglasses ), or it's to hot outside ( drive faster ) or the wind will muss my hair ( take public transportation ) . If this is the downside then get a SLK. Problem solved.

      8 days ago
  • I've owned convertibles for 15 out of the past 20 years. For the past 4 years the car has lived outside year round and bird poo isn't a huge problem to be honest. Obviously a bird gets a lucky shot occasionally. The trick, I think, is to remove it as soon as possible with some soft top cleaner. I also have the roof deep cleaned and waterproofed 2-3 Times per year and the roof looks as good as new. It's been in the high 20s Celsius here for the past week or so and not once have I thought to myself, "Wish I'd bought a coupe". So my advice would be if you fancy a drop top and it fits your needs go for it, you won't regret it.

      8 days ago
  • Honestly I'd never buy a convertible without hardtop, I'd prefer to have my car be stiffer and wouldn't want to deal with rain water leaking inside

      2 days ago
  • Seriously? Owning a convertible isn't the chore you make it out to be. No need for specialized soft top cleaners either.

      5 days ago