It would seem, what is difficult in caring for a motorcycle helmet? I rubbed it with a rag and drove off! But no. A cloth is, of course, great … just a little, because cleaning the helmet is a matter of the wearer’s hygiene. The lining is constantly in contact with the scalp, absorbs sweat and accumulates dust. In the air intakes, what is not stuffed. How long have you cleaned them?
At the end of the season, only the lazy (or very wealthy) rider doesn’t care about his gear. The helmet deserves the care of the owner, so it needs to be cleaned, the lining washed and left to winter in the cover on the top shelf until next spring.
To clean your helmet properly, you need to take it apart. Ideally, remove the visor and spoiler, if any. Remove the visor to avoid accidentally scratching. At the same time, you can inspect the condition of the mountings. If the helmet has built-in goggles, inspect those as well. Is everything all right, is nothing loose?
For those who disassemble the helmet for the first time – do not be afraid, use the manual that comes with the helmet, everything is simple and there are no hyper-complex technologies.
Please note that it is recommended not to send the lining to the washing machine, just to be as delicate as possible with it. The most “gentle” shampoos and soapy water are used for washing. Still, the lining is breathable and moisture-wicking, so its pores should survive the “execution”.
As in the case of washing thermal underwear, it is important not only to wash out all the dirt, but also to thoroughly rinse the fabric from the soap solution.
The helmet shell is washed with a damp microfiber or other soft cloth that cannot scratch the coating. You want to wash your helmet, not matte it? If dirt has eaten into the body and firmly settled on the surface, then a damp cloth should be left on top. The moisture will soak the dirt and it will be possible to remove it without any problems or unnecessary scratches.
You can clean hard-to-reach places and air intakes with cotton swabs. Next, you need to leave the disassembled helmet to dry. Do not speed up the drying process with a hair dryer, heater or any other heat source. Do not risk deformation of the lining and small parts of the fittings, which will not be happy with overheating.
The air intakes can also be cleaned with a blow gun, if possible.
Visor and pinlock
The softest parts of your helmet are the visor and pinlock. It is easier to scratch them with a disdainful attitude. The best way to wash them is to simply rinse and dry as much as possible with a soft cloth. Remember that there may be a special coating on the inside of the visor that resists fogging. Don’t go overboard with wiping the visor and pinlock, you don’t need scratches.
Do not risk treating the visor and pinlock with aggressive cleaning chemicals – this is not necessary at all.
Before final assembly, you can polish the surface of the glossy helmet. By the time of polishing, it would be better to return the lining to its place. To polish or not is a personal matter. Gloss is good at the start of the season, though, when you’re about to ride out and shine with a cool icon helmet. But if you are sending a clean helmet for the winter, you can simply assemble it carefully, put it in a case and wait for the new season to take a helmet that is pleasant to wear.