Are Wrangler soft tops more robust than most or are there special methods of caring for the fabric? Most days I just want to drive through the car wash and call it a day, but what would that do to the top over time?
They are designed to withstand the elements, and there wont be any issues with taking it through the wash. I did find over time however that the top did lose some of its elasticity when it wasn't being used on a regular basis, making it difficult to get back on in the summer. But that was on a much older top, that was likely made out of different material .
Cleaning a Jeep soft top is best done by hand. If you use the manual wash station at a carwash be sure to wash your top first. Start with the roof and then wash off the foam brush or wash rag thoroughly before moving on to the soft windows.