How to Clean a Motorcycle Cover

What You'll Need
Work Clothes that can get dirty
Hot and Cold Water
Mild Washing Powder
Large Cleaning Cloth
Large Flat Space to air the cover out in

A motorcycle cover helps prevent motorcycle damage that can occur in a variety of ways. Ultraviolet radiation can cause damage to your bike apart from dents and scratches from a number of situations. Everyday marks, stains like dirt and rain can also damage a motorcycle. Motorcycles are expensive and to keep them running and in good condition it’s important to invest in a good motorcycle cover.

A motorcycle cover not only helps the paint to stay shiny and new for a longer period by protecting it from the weather but it also helps prevent theft. The cover regulates the temperature of the motorcycle during summer and is financially a good investment. A good quality motorcycle cover will ensure a longer lasting wax job and you will need to spend less time and money on cleaning it. Everyone knows that keeping their motorcycles clean is important for the efficient running of their vehicle. The motorcycle cover aids the owner in helping them keep the vehicle in good condition. But over a period of time the motor cycle cover itself will show signs of wear and tear. The cover will not need the same time and money in keeping it clean but it is important to invest time in keeping the cover clean as well. A good quality cover does not come cheap and to keep it visually appealing as well as to increase its durability it’s important to clean it occasionally.

Step 1 - Preparing to Clean the Motorcycle Cover

Motorcycle covers are made of a variety of materials and all the good ones are weather proof. Earlier a plastic sheet would have been used but with the latest technologies a number of highly durable and weather resistant products are available. A number of them will come with detailed instructions from the manufacturer on how to clean them. The safest method of cleaning motorcycle covers is by hand. Some are machine washable with definite instructions. For normal covers with no special instructions prepare yourself by wearing appropriate attire. Wear something that you don’t mind getting stained or messy. Get plenty of hot and cold water and keep it at hand. Find a place where you can wash your cover.

Step 2 - Getting Rid of Stains

Using a mild washing powder directly on the spots can help get rid of tough stains on the motorcycle covers. Leave the detergent to soak into the stains for a few minutes. Add some washing powder into a bucket or sink filled with warm water. Gently wash the cover in the warm soapy water until the water runs clear. Remember to use plenty of water, draining and refilling with fresh water until you are satisfied. Rinse thoroughly.

Step 3 - Drying the Motorcycle Cover

Do not machine dry unless it is specified by the manufacturer that it is ok to do so. Simply take the cover out into the open and let it air dry. A  number of manufacturers will have instructions that give specific instructions as to the temperature of the water so make sure you read them properly before following these general instructions.