I'm completely restoring my Jeep's appearence. I got my doors stolen a little over a week ago, so I bought new ones which have to be repainted. I'm taking this opportunity to restore all of the Jeep (buffing the paint, restoring the fenders, etc).
The one part I'm held up on the most is the soft top. I don't really know how to get the dirt and bird crap that's been baked into it over the last year out (I got a new soft top just over a year ago). I would like to keep the top as black as possible, but I'm going to school in the high dessert in AZ, so the sun is always beating down on it with only 80% of the atmosphere blocking the UV rays.
At my school we have an industrial sized washing machine - could I take the soft top off of my Jeep and all of it's mounting hardware and put it in the huge washing machine? Would that be bad for it, or would it be a great way to get a lot of the baked in dirt out?
If that's not be best solution, then how should I go about restoring the soft top?