If you want your roll-up tonneau cover to last longer, look nicer, and stay clean longer, a little care goes a long way. Follow these four maintenance tips from ACI, the makers of the Access® cover, the first soft roll-up cover ever made, and you will be well on your way to maximizing the life of your tonneau cover.
(1) Keep the cover tight. The cover vinyl should sound drum-like when tapped on. If you see the vinyl flap in the wind as you drive down the highway, the tension needs tightening. Periodically check the tightness of the cover, and readjust the tension of the cover as necessary.
(2) Secure your contents. Always tie down cargo so it cannot shift and damage the cover or its parts. And don’t allow cargo to rub against the cover while transporting, whether in open or closed position.
(3) Shine it up. Periodically clean the cover with a water-based product. Avoid using petroleum or citrus-based cleaners, as they may dry out and damage the vinyl. ACI recommends using Access™ Cover Care™ tonneau cleaner and protectant to clean the cover and protect the vinyl from UV damage.
(4) Latch and seal the cover. Make sure the cover is properly latched, and always seal cover edges with hook and loop sealing system the full length of cover on both sides. Avoid storing the cover in its rolled-up position for long periods of time. A cover can only improve gas mileage and protect your truck bed when closed!