Once you choose the right bimini top for your boat and get it properly installed on your wakeboard tower, the next step is to learn how to properly care for your bimini. To ensure a long life on your boat, there are a few rules you’ll need to follow with your bimini top:
Keep It Clean
Monster Tower’s bimini tops are built with stainless steel fittings, aluminum tubing, and mildew-resistant Sunbrella® fabric and, although these materials are top-of-the-line, proper maintenance is still required to keep your bimini in its best condition.
Put simply, all elements of your bimini should be thoroughly rinsed to remove debris that can cause corrosion, rust, and mildew. Below are our recommendations for proper care and maintenance of each part of your bimini:
- Aluminum and Stainless Steel Care: All metal elements of your Monster Tower bimini should be washed with a garden hose to remove dirt and debris. After the metal is clean, we recommend using a chrome-rated polish followed by a fiberglass wax as a preventative measure against rust. DO NOT use chlorinated or phosphorus cleaners, scrubbing pads, or powders as these may cause etching and other damage to your bimini.
- Sunbrella® Fabric Care: Sunbrella® creates top quality marine fabric that is solution-dyed, UV-resistant, and mildew-resistant. To increase the longevity of your canvas it’s important to rinse with clean water at least once per month to remove any dirt, dust, and other debris that can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Once the bimini’s fabric is rinsed clean, lay out the canvas to air dry. DO NOT attempt to dry your Sunbrella® fabric in a commercial dryer.
Mind Your Speed
Our Over-the-Top Biminis are rated for speeds up to 45 mph on the water. Exceeding these speeds can cause serious damage to deployed bimini tops, so we recommend folding them up and stowing them inside the included storage boot. If you’re boating on a particularly windy day, use your best judgment on when to fold and store your bimini. You may want to consider folding up your bimini before you reach that 45 mph maximum speed.
Store When Not in Use
One of the most common causes of damage that we see in biminis occurs when the bimini top is left open while the boat is trailered and being pulled down the road. Highway speeds as well as road debris can be extremely damaging to deployed biminis. That’s why we recommend always folding your bimini up into the storage boot and strapping it into a fixed position for travel. For long road trips, we recommend that you remove the bimini entirely from the tower and stow it in a secure compartment of the boat or inside your truck.
Proper care and maintenance is an integral part of bimini ownership that can significantly extend the lifespan of your bimini top. By following these simple steps you’ll be taking excellent care of your bimini top so you can enjoy it for years to come.