In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to clean and maintain a motorcycle helmet to make sure it continues to look nice and new.
If you spent the entire riding season just pouring miles on your motorcycle. The outside of your helmet looks like a bug graveyard and the interior of your helmet has been capturing all the sweat that you’ve been pouring into it on all those long rides.
In this article, we’re going to do is we’re going to break down how to properly clean not just the exterior lid we’re going get into how to clean the interior as well because a lot of times that’s collected all that grease as well.
And you need to get those cheek pads and liner clean to make sure your helmet operates properly. Before we go any further there’s a quick note here make sure to consult your owner’s manual before doing any cleaning or maintenance to your helmet. A lot of times certain manufacturers are you have different UV coatings or anti-fogs coating on the face shield. And there’s a wide variety of different manufacturers out there and you want to make sure that you are not doing anything to avoid your specific warranty. So always just take a look at that owner’s manual and keep it handy when you’re doing this for the first time.
Table of Contents
- I. Things to prepare for cleaning your motorcycle helmet
- II. Steps to clean your motorcycle helmet
I. Things to prepare for cleaning your motorcycle helmet
So, let’s take a look at things and what you need to do this job starting.
1. A microfiber rags
A microfiber rags is great to clean the exterior of your helmet. You have to worry about scratching the helmet itself or the face shield.
2. A toothbrush
It does not have to be Oral-B but it does have to be something with soft bristles. We’re going to use this in hard-to-reach places that those microfiber rags won’t allow you to easily clean.
3. Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo
This same stuff you used to clean your hair. We’re going to use to clean the interior of your helmet. You just wanna make sure you never using a petroleum base soap with this. So it’s the reason we went with Johnson and Johnson’s. Very simple and most people have it laying around the house.
4. A giant tub of warm water
With your owner’s manual the beginning you never want to use anything on your helmet that it could possibly damage it. So we can use warm water to clean the exterior of the helmet. You’re not going to need any fancy cleaners and we’ll show you how.
5. A little bit compressed air
We’re going to use this to clean the vent system out. Now you never want to use canned compressed air and the reason why is you never want to go out your helmet with any type of an aerosol. An aerosol will eat away your UPS liner and you’ll end up damaging it. Where it’s not going to keep you safe in the event of a crash.
So with all of our materials wrapped up, let’s dive into the actual process of cleaning it.
II. Steps to clean your motorcycle helmet
1. Remove the peak:
The first thing I did was i removed the peak. That’s the first step is going to pull it off.
2. Removing any kind of electronic system
Removing any kind of electronic system you installed first. And foremost the last thing you want to do while you’re cleaning your helmet is run the risk of damaging any kind of electronics.
3. Remove the internals
Remove the internals from your helmet. So we’re going to take all the check pads out. Where to start with the chin curtain were pulled out. For those of you out there that have never taken this internals of your helmet out before go ahead and consult that owner’s manual. Every manufacturers give a little bit different for removing but in most cases you can simply pull out your cheek pads. Pull out the liner pull the chin curtain. It should be a fairly straightforward process for removing all this stuff.
4. Drape a warm microfiber rag over top of helmet.
With warm water on it and we’re going to let that set for about 15 minutes. So you take your microfiber rag and you’re simply going to do. Don’t get into the warm water. Make sure it’s not completely. What you want to just bring it out a little bit. It’s got a nice amount of water in there. And all you’re gonna do is you’re going to take this and you’re just going to drape it over your helmet. And really what we’re doing here is we’re allowing the rag to kind of dislodge any hard-pressed bugs dirt or grime that might be stuck to the helmet. The last thing you want to do is just start wiping away at a helmet of some of those items are really stuck on these.
5. Washing the internals.
We will show you how to clean the internals of your helmet and this is because oftentimes it’s the internals that are most neglected piece of your helmet.
So really what we’re going to do here is we use a little bit shampoo at the Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo. Filled up your sink with some warm water you’ve mix some shampoo in here and the reason we’re using shampoo. It does a great job of removing all the oils from the cheek pads in the liner as well.
So you want to start by just grabbing one of the cheek pads and simply emerging in the water and you’re just going to massage it. You’re just going to rub this back and forth get all the oils all the grime out of here and don’t be afraid to you know get aggressive with this rubbing against itself. You just want to rinse all that soap out you don’t want any soapy residue left in the cheek pad. And then once you feel like your massage out all the water you can set it aside to dry. And once you have one check pad claim you’re simply going to repeat the process you move on the next cheek pad. It’s just time to let these air dry.
The one thing you don’t want to use you don’t use any external heat you’re not gonna use a hairdryer not gonna use a clothing dryer. And you’re certainly not going to stick these in the microwave. You can damage any of the plastic parts on here. So put them onto a nice clean towel let them air dry and come back to the next morning.
And it’s going to be a pro tip for you I recommend completing this process the night before you plan on actually using your helmet. That will you have a eight hours of letting your internals dry before you reinstall them into your helmet.
6. Clean the helmet exterior
After 15-20 minutes we just as warm wet cloth dislodging any dirt and grime and we’re now ready to take this off. And we’re going to start with the actual cleaning process.
As you can see as we just set this back in our warm water. It’s a nice job just kind of dissolving some of that locked on dust dirt and debris. And the first step here is we’re going to remove our face shield. Now every manufacturer is a little bit different so make sure to consult your owner’s manual.
So we’re going to take our microfiber rag to clean the exterior and remember just using more water. Make sure to stay away from aerosols or any solvents and just a little bit of warm water allows to clean this nicely. And all that dirt coming off and just make sure to work in all those little nooks and crannies.
And we’ll get to using that toothbrush in just a second and just work your way around the helmet. Make sure you’re just kind of and any of the spots that might be trapping dirt clean. Then just wipe off any of the little stuck pieces. If you do have anything that stuck in the vent or maybe around the gaskets this is where that toothbrush comes into play. Just get a little bit of warm water on the toothbrush and just work your way around the gaskets. Next, using your compressed air to push the dirt out of the vent system.
After all, take a dry microfiber rag and just give a little wiped down to make sure you remove all pieces of dirt or debris.
7. Clean the face shield
We’ve already had this kind of soaking with that draped over cloth in front of. And this is really the tricky process as far as you don’t want to damage your face shield because it’s got a little bit pricey to replace. Your face shields will have special coating to their UV coating or anti-fog coating. So if you have any doubts about your particular official just make sure to get and refer back to that owner’s manual. Same way as cleaning the exterior helmet, just a little bit warm water and a microfiber rag and you should have no problems with this. Just don’t use any solvents or anything that could damage any of those coatings.
8. Clean the internal sun visor
Just get a little water bottle and spray some more water on there and then just wipe it off with that microfiber rag. Quick note: one of the things you probably don’t want to do is disassemble your internal sun visor. You can pull it out if you want to but 99% of manufacturers make this a very difficult process.
9. Reinstall the interiors
First, reinstall your main comfort liner. Then we’re going to reinstall the cheek pads. Make sure that comfort liner is nice and secure in there and then make sure the cheek pads fit in nice and secure around. If you did remove a chin curtain you can go ahead and reinstall it. And then reinstall your face shield.
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