Helmet care is essential to make your gear last long and protective to your head. Moreover, it’s not an inexpensive equipment, so buying a new one every now and then is not good for your pocket. Here I am going to share some important tips to increase the life of your helmet.
- While not in use, carry your helmet with you holding it like a handbag from the chinstrap or better carry it in the bag provided with it by the manufacturer. Usually you will have noticed that it is chin bar that worn out first than other parts of the helmet. This will help you avoiding the chin bar from wearing out.
- Your gloves are any other wet material should not be stored in it as can damage the lining and interior of your helmet. You may not notice the damage but in the long run you surely will be able to see its effects.
- Putting your helmet on the mirror could be the last place I would suggest to anyone. It damages your helmet’s lining as well as there is fair bit of chance that it will fall down to the ground.
- Be careful while choosing the products for the cleaning of your helmet because they might get your super shiny and tidy but they may weaken it structurally through corrosion. Don’t use bleach, kitchen sprays or alloy wheel cleaners on your helmet. A simple soap and water are satisfactory for the job of cleaning your helmet
- Wash your helmet at least once a year or twice depending upon the environment you take rides in and store your helmet. Take your time while washing your helmet, there is no need to rush. Remove all the dirt and grease that could significantly decrease the life line of your helmet.
- Always make sure that you dry up your helmet after the ride. Do not use hair dryer or any other heat source for the purpose, because it can damage the glue used in the interior of helmet and weaken the bond between the outer shell and foam interior. Let it dry naturally and then store it.
- Consult the manufacturer manual for the cleaning product as a simple cleaning product can damage your helmet to the core and render it useless. Don’t use the same stuff you use for cleaning your bike.
- Send your helmet for an inspection to the manufacturer, if you have dropped it or feel like as if its damaged. They will check your helmet through X-ray if its useable or not and will let you know if you should buy a new one or continue using it.
- The better the quality of a helmet, more is the probability of it lasting longer. So while buying a helmet, choose the best one you can afford. Never compromise on the quality of your helmet and change it every four to five years.
Follow these tips and I am sure your helmet will last longer than you would desire.