The Correct Way To Clean Your Motorcycle Helmet
You just took your motorcycle out for a spin and had the time of your life. However, now that the fun is over, it's time to think about cleaning your motorcycle helmet. Many people simply wipe down the outside of their helmets with a cloth, but that's not enough. In order to keep your helmet in top condition (and to ensure that it will properly protect you the next time you ride), you need to give it a thorough cleaning. Here's the correct way to clean a motorcycle helmet.
Cleaning The Outside Of Your Helmet
The first step is to remove any dirt, bugs, or debris from the outside of your helmet. The best way to do this is with a damp cloth and some mild soap. Be sure to avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as these could damage the helmet's finish. Once you've wiped down the exterior of the helmet, use a clean cloth to remove any soap residue.
Cleaning The Visor
The next step is to clean the visor—the clear plastic shield that protects your face while you're riding. Start by removing any large pieces of debris (e.g., bugs, leaves, etc.) with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush. Next, dampen a clean cloth with water and lightly wipe down the visor. To remove stubborn spots, you can use diluted vinegar or window cleaner on them. Once you've finished cleaning the visor, use another clean cloth to dry it off completely.
Cleaning The Interior Of Your Helmet
The final step is to clean the interior of your helmet—including the paddings and straps. Start by removing all of the removable padding from the helmet (most helmets have at least some removable padding). These pads can usually be washed in your washing machine on a gentle cycle; just be sure to let them air dry before inserting them back in your helmet. Next, use a mild soap and water solution to spot-clean any areas of the helmet's interior that need it—being careful not to soak the padding. Once you've cleaned the inside of the helmet, let it air dry fully before putting it back on.
Drying Your Helmet
Cleaning your helmet is important to ensure that you have a clear view while riding, but drying it before putting it back on is just as important. If you don't, the moisture can cause your helmet to fog up, which can be dangerous. The best way to dry your helmet is to use a soft cloth to gently wipe down the inside and outside of the helmet. If there are any wet spots, you can use a hairdryer on the cool setting to help speed up the drying process. Once your helmet is dry, you can put it back on and hit the road. A properly cleaned motorcycle helmet will last longer and provide better protection than one that's not been properly cared for. By taking the time to clean yours regularly, you can rest assured that it will be there for you when you need it most.