Your helmet is probably the most valuable motorcycle gear you own. Not only is it an expensive piece of equipment, but it protects your brain from life-changing damage in the event of an accident. That’s why you wear it every time you ride, rain or shine. Over time, that means it’s going to get dirty. Here’s a simple guide to keeping your helmet spotless.
1. Remove Accessories and Inner Padding
There are several things you should remove before your helmet gets anywhere near water:
- Face shield
You don’t want your electronics to get damaged, so be sure you store them somewhere they won’t accidentally get wet. If the inner padding and face shield are removable, go ahead and take them off. They’ll be easier to clean separately.
2. Clean the Exterior
Use a cleaning agent that isn’t petroleum-based and wipe your helmet’s exterior with a microfiber cloth. You can soak the shell or wrap it in a damp towel for a short time to loosen the dirt if you’re having trouble. Use a Q-tip to get into those hard-to-reach spaces.
3. Wash the Interior
For removable liners, wash them with shampoo and knead them gently to loosen up the dirt, sweat and other debris that’s accumulated in the fabric. The liner in some motorcycle helmets is permanently affixed to the shell, which means you’ll have to scrub it as best you can in a sink, shower or tub.
4. Make Sure Everything Is Dry
It’s vital that all the helmet components are dry before you wear it again. Failure to do so can lead to mold or mildew. Let everything air dry. If you want a quicker or more thorough dry, you can aim a fan at your helmet parts. Stay away from hairdryers and other tools that use hot air, as it may damage your helmet.
Cleaning your helmet regularly can prolong its usability, which may save you money in the long run. Your helmet takes good care of you, so be sure to take great care of it.
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