No one talks about this downside of owning a convertible
Life is so glamorous until you have to clean the thing
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
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
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.