Besides the motorcycle itself, the helmet is one of the most expensive and important accessories that you will invest in for safe and pleasant rides. No matter if you have one of those cool Scorpion helmets or a more regular one, this article is for you. Don’t forget to check out our post on helmets for women, if you are a female rider.
We know that riding is most of the times a matter of passion, but always keep in mind that your safety must come first, and this consists of choosing a high-quality helmet, but also of maintaining it the right way. These accessories are meant to be used in all types of conditions, whether we’re talking about sun, heat waves, rain, mud pits or the dreaded insect zones.
A safety matter
The main point is that it’s important for the helmet to be able to withstand any rough conditions you might find on your way. Moreover, this item has the most important job out of all the accessories since it needs to protect your head as effective as possible.
For this reason, you need to do everything you can to keep it in top shape for as long as you intend to use it, and this starts with how you can properly clean it since this is something you should be doing regularly.
Keeping your helmet clean extends its lifetime, but it’s also a matter of safety since you want everything to work properly around your head, as you ride. One of the most important elements, especially when it comes to safety, is the visor since it allows you to be able to see your surroundings at any given moment.
In this article, you’ll find detailed information on how to keep it clean and properly maintained, but since the visor is only a part of this accessory, we will also take a look at how you can clean the entire helmet.
In this article, you’ll also find some best practices that other riders have learned through many years of experience. Therefore, you don’t need to go through the same process, but you can use their findings to work on your other interests related to riding.
On the other hand, since things are rapidly changing in terms of technologies and materials used for motorcycle helmets, you should always make sure that you take a look at the owner’s manual for specific details on cleaning and maintaining your helmet. This way, you can make sure that you don’t void any warranty.
As you will see in the following lines, you won’t need too many materials as you are getting ready to clean the helmet. Throughout time, you might also test other practices and develop your own little ritual doing this, depending on what you feel works best in your case.
Microfiber rags are the first thing you will need in order to clean a helmet, particularly the visor. It’s very important to keep in mind that the rags you choose should be as soft as possible.
They don’t necessarily need to be new (this depends on what you have available already), but they do need to be clean since any particles trapped in their structure can scratch the exterior finish of the helmet and the visor.
Some riders use toothbrushes to clean the less accessible parts of their helmets such as nooks and crannies that cannot be reached using a rag. However, the toothbrush that you use doesn’t have to be an expensive one since a cheap one can get the job done in no time. This handy item can definitely help when you need to clean the visor’s gaskets and vents as well.
Moreover, as funny as it might sound, you will also need some baby shampoo since the cleaning agent that you use should not be petroleum-based. Baby shampoo fits this bill, which makes it an option often used, thanks to its gentle action.
You will also need a lot of warm water in this process since it’s your best friend when it comes to gently loosening dirt, dead insects, and other elements without damaging the materials.
Some people also use compressed air, as this is a great solution to clean the helmet’s air vents. However, make sure that you avoid using air from an aerosol can since it can erode the EPS liner and damage its protective qualities.
Cleaning the face shield
Given that many of today’s helmet models feature a protective coating (particularly an anti-fog and UV-protective one), you need to be very careful when you clean this part of the helmet. The first thing you need to do is to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and make sure that none of the actions you intend to take will damage its surface.
Most of the times, the safest approach you can take is to simply use warm water and a soft cloth to gently massage away any dust, dirt, or smudges that might hinder your vision during rides.
If you are dealing with bug remains that just won’t go away, what you can do is leave the wet cloth draped over the visor for a short while in order to soften them before removal. This will definitely make your job a lot easier, and it might also save up some time and frustration in the process.
Some experienced riders who have shared their own routine use a soft detergent and an appropriate cloth to gently rub away any marks off the visor. If ride your motorcycle very often, you might end up doing this quite frequently. Again, make sure that you don’t void any warranty through the solutions that you use.
The soft detergent can help dissolve marks before rinsing them off with warm water and then drying the face shield with a clean and dry piece of cotton.
Cleaning the rest of the helmet
While the details above cover pretty much everything there is to know about cleaning a helmet’s visor, there’s also the rest of the item that you might need to think about as well. Let’s see what other tips and tricks have proven useful in the past for other riders.
It’s true that this sounds extremely basic, but you should never forget to remove any electronic accessories before cleaning your helmet. Microphones, batteries, antennas, and many other similar items make our rides more comfortable, but there are also cases when they get overlooked and then it’s too late, once everything within and around the helmet is soaking wet.
You will also need to remove the interior lining and cheek pads. It’s true that various models come with different designs when it comes to their removal, but it should never be too hard to get this done.
If you are not sure how something can be detached, refer back to the user’s manual to avoid any unwanted damages. These parts of the helmet need to be washed separately, most of the times using baby shampoo as well.
If your helmet includes an internal sun shield, you should clean the dust away from it. Luckily, some warm water and a microfiber cloth will get the job done in no time. Once you are done with every element of your helmet, all you need to do is to air dry it thoroughly and then enjoy your next rides.