Clean a Motorcycle Helmet

How to clean a motorcycle helmet

For many motorcyclists, the summer heat means journeys and tours all over the world, but for your helmet two things above all: sweat and many, many mosquitoes. If you are looking for an answer to your questions about how to clean your motorcycle helmet, how to maintain it well or how to wash it without damaging it, then this is the place for you. Let’s find out together how to do it!

Helmet visor: How to clean it properly

Quite simple: a soft cloth moistened with warm water helps. If you are the one who prefers the visor at the top of the mold, you can therefore also find products that are both clean and anti-fog. Most modern visors also have an internal contact visor called Pinlock to prevent fogging. The Pinlock, which is made of silicone rubber, adheres perfectly to the outer visor. Pay attention only to the optimal cleaning and drying of the Pinlock

Except in special cases, we advise you not to remove it during conventional cleaning, but if you wish to remove it for dirt or other reasons, make sure that the surface is absolutely dry and free of dirt when applying it; this can impair visibility and damage the surface if it is in close contact. Some helmet models, such as Nolan, have internal visors, called VPS visor sun visors, scratch-resistant and UV-protected, which often get dirty, especially if you tend to wear the helmet with the outer visor raised.

Wash the inside of your helmet: How to avoid mistakes
There are some important aspects to cleaning your helmet. By underestimating some points, you may inadvertently compromise the effectiveness of your headgear. For example, have you ever thought that the poorly washed inside could shrink, resulting in a poor and too wide head fit? Did you know that if the polystyrene inside is damp, it can cause the inner shell to deform?

Clean a motorcycle helmet on the outer shell

We start with the most superficial part of your helmet: the outer skin. This is often a clear or shiny varnish and can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth, e.g. microfibre, moistened with warm water and neutral soap. The use of pH soaps that are too sensitive to acids or alkalis can damage the exterior paint and make it opaque. There are also spray preparations that can help remove the most resistant dirt without damaging the gloss of the paint. Cleaning a motorcycle helmet on the outer skin is also important for attaching your helmet camera to get as firm a grip as possible.

Cleaning the inner shell

Styrofoam or polystyrene, of which the inner shell is made, is naturally resistant to shocks and many water-based chemicals. However, since there are several polystyrene compounds for impact equipment and you do not know the exact composition, we advise you not to damage them unnecessarily. Some manufacturers expressly point out not to moisten the helmet, because if the inner shell unfortunately increases in volume, this can considerably impair the use of the helmet.

Clean the motorcycle helmet: Cleaning the inside padding

There are two main types of helmet pads: removable and non-removable.
If your helmet has padding that can be removed, it is easy to wash it by hand in cold water like conventional clothing, bearing in mind that the important part is dry. This should be done in a dry, ventilated and shady place, not in sunlight. How can it be that the padding dries and wrinkles too quickly in the sun, with changes to the foam it is made of, leading to a change in the fit of the helmet on the head? After cleaning, it would be too large and therefore less protective than before washing. If this is the case or if the interior is already crumpled, you should change it, which will prolong the life and use of the helmet and even save a lot of money. If, on the other hand, it were to dry in the shade without sufficient ventilation, the risk of mould and a very unpleasant smell would be high. If you can’t take out the inside of your helmet, don’t despair, the solution is tangible.

There are antibacterial spray cleaners for the inside that clean the upholstery and also remove unpleasant odours that can be caused by incorrect storage of the helmet.

Removable helmet lining makes cleaning especially easy. It is removed and then washed by hand with mild mild detergent.

At the latest when re-installing the upholstery is the one who has impressed the order and the arrangement of the parts well during the expansion or even photographed. That should also be in the manual of the helmet – but first: Where is that when you need it? And secondly: yes, should …

Glued-in helmet lining can be treated in two ways. either with sponge and mild soap solution or with a helmet pad cleaner from the spray can. In any case, wash out or press the residue thoroughly out of the pad.

Dry the washed and cleaned parts

It is also important to note that all cleaned helmet parts can dry well, and in no case are they still wet before using the helmet. If you want to keep it for the winter, it should be put in a special helmet bag, because this prevents the dusty.

With some helmets such a bag is included with the purchase, otherwise one can buy such a in each specialized trade favorably. Please do not use a plastic bag for storage.

General maintenance tips

To ensure that the helmet fulfills its protective function over a long period of time, an all-round check and cleaning should be carried out at least twice a year. In general, it is advisable to clean and inspect everything – after a long period of non-commissioning – and to do the same when hibernating your motorcycle.

Control of the functionality

Last but not least, we would like to draw your attention to something very important; Check your helmet regularly for cracks, holes or dents. Sometimes even a fall of the helmet from the chair can reduce the protective effect of an accident.

In any case, you should change your helmet every five years. Due to the incident UV radiation, the protective effect may decrease, and that could have unsightly consequences in an accident. Likewise, you should pay attention to the test marks.

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