How to clean a helmet at home?
All helmets consist of two main parts. One is the outer “shell”, the other is the inner soft layer, which absorbs shock when riding and thus makes trips more comfortable.
Therefore, cleaning the helmet at home consists of several stages:
- inside helmet cleaning;
- cleaning the outside of the helmet;
- neat cleaning of the visor and pinlock.
How do you clean the inside of the helmet?
Even if you wear a helmet over a balaclava, it still needs to be constantly and regularly cleaned from the inside. The surface inside is still dirty, even if the helmet is constantly closed. Dirt and air enter through different filters.
You can use a special cleaner to clean the inside of the helmet. As a rule, this is a spray can of liquid under pressure. You need to shake the can, and then just spray the foam on surface to be cleaned. Wait one minute, take a disposable napkin or towel and blot the surface with this napkin. Foam, as it were, “pulls” dust and dirt from the inner surface of the helmet. Repeat the procedure until the towel remains clean after getting wet.
These substances usually do not have any smell. This ensures constant freshness. In addition, they quickly dry out and kill all bacteria.
You can buy one of these sprays:
- Helmet pro-tec
If your helmet does not have a removable liner, you can wash the whole thing. Use a basin, hair shampoo and warm water to do it. Soak the helmet in soapy water, brush it, drain the water and repeat the procedure again so that dust and dirt do not remain in the water. After you have thoroughly rubbed all the parts, drain the water on the helmet to completely wash off the soapy water. Leave it to dry.
If you want to clean the helmet in more detail and more carefully, you can disassemble it, namely, remove its entire soft shell. Most modern helmets have this option. If your soft shell is not removable, use the helmet cleaning method from the inside No.1 or 2.
So, we disassemble the inside of the helmet:
- remove the visor;
- cheek pads (as a rule, they are attached with buttons);
- we take out a grid;
- remove the rest of the removable interior of the helmet (first the side, and then the central part).
Then we clean all the elements. Ideally, do this using some special detergent for motorcycle equipment. If you need a more economical option, you can wash it with soap or hair shampoo, which does not have a pronounced smell. The best thing is to draw water, add soap or other cleaning agent to it, soak the inside of the helmet and leave them overnight. The next day, rinse, dry and put them back into the helmet.
You can also wash the comfort liner and other soft parts in the washing machine in a delicate wash mode.
We recommend cleaning the interior at least once a season, and preferably once every two months. For convenience, you can remove the helmet once every two months, and use the foam to clean the helmet between washings. And do not forget to wear a balaclava!
While the insides of your helmet dry, let’s wash the outside of the helmet.
- fill a basin with warm water;
- add detergent to the water: soap or hair shampoo;
- take a soft brush or sponge;
- put the helmet in the water;
- and start washing it with soapy water and a sponge, carefully cleaning out all the dust and dirt;
- let it dry or wipe with a soft, dry cloth.
Often dust remains on ventilation openings and attachment points. You can gently remove it with an ear stick or cotton swab.
And your helmet will look like new!
How do you clean the helmet visor?
The visor is an important part of a motorcycle helmet. Any scratch, insect residue or dust on it interferes with the view of the motorcycle driver.
So, we have already removed the visor. Then disconnect the pinlock and wash them separately. We recommend to wash the visor and the pinlock with plain soap and water, but very carefully so as not to scratch anything. This is best done simply with the fingers (not with a brush). Be careful not to scratch the visor, for example, with a ring on your hand. And never use window cleaners or any other substances that contain ammonia. It destroys polycarbonate, which means it is dangerous for your visor.
Next, leave the elements to dry a little, and when the water drains – wipe with a paper towel or other soft cloth.
We do the same with the sun visor.
Our recommendations to keep helmet looking new:
- During rain, use a special water-repellent meant to protect the visor from a drop of rain and pollution. For example, Rain-X 620036 Plastic Treatment or another:
- Be sure to wear a balaclava.
- Carry wet wipes with you. Why wait until the dirt dries on the visor if it can be wiped off right away? This will greatly protect the visor from scratches and damage.
- Remember to ventilate your helmet often so that the smell inside it does not stagnate. Take it out of the bag sometimes.
Well, keep an eye on your helmet and drive safely!
And if you have any recommendations for cleaning your helmet, please share them with other motorcyclists in the comments below!