Some OEM Motorcycle parts and OEM atv parts, like helmets, are an essential component of bike safety, and that safety can be compromised if helmets aren’t cared for properly. This step-by-step guide will help you clean your helmet safely and efficiently.
Step 1: Preparation
Start by getting all the necessary supplies in order.
- Several clean microfiber cloths/sponge
- Baby shampoo or a brand name cleaner specifically for helmet liners/pads
- Visor cleaner
Remove any batteries, Bluetooth communication devices, antennas and microphones to avoid water damage.
Take off the face shield and take out any removable padding and liners.
Step 2: Helmet Exterior
If the helmet exterior has any dried-on dirt, grime or bug guts, pre-soak it by covering the exterior with damp microfiber cloths or damp paper towels. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Once the dirt has loosened, remove the wet towels and wipe the shell with a damp sponge or clean, damp microfiber cloth.
For non-removable liner/pads, soak the whole helmet for a few minutes in a tub of warm soapy water. Use your fingers to rub away dirt, sweat and grime from the liner/pads and wash the helmet’s exterior with a microfiber cloth.
Rinse the helmet in the shower using your fingers to get all the soap out of the liner, and pat with paper towels to absorb excess water. Let the helmet sit for a while, then wipe the shell with clean microfiber cloth.
Step 3: Liners and Padding
Some inner liners are machine washable on the delicate cycle with a mild detergent. Others should be handwashed. Check tags to find out.
Handwash with a non-petroleum-based soap like baby shampoo or with a commercial helmet cleaner. Soak pads in a small container of warm and baby shampoo then squeeze out water and dirt until the water runs clean. Or, apply helmet cleaner and let it penetrate the padding. Then, squeeze each pad gently in a paper towel to pick up excess foam and dirt. Repeat this process until the paper towel comes away clean.
Always airdry padding and liner overnight. Don’t use the clothes dryer, fans or hair dryers to speed the drying process as this can compromise their effectiveness by causing them to break down faster.
Step 4: Face Shield
Clean face shields using a microfiber cloth and warm water. Wipe gently to avoid scratching the surface. If needed, use the same pre-soak method as in step 2 above to loosen the dirt, then wipe the visor clean.
Step 5: Reassemble
Once all the components are clean and completely dry, you’re ready to reassemble your helmet and hit the road.
Even the best motorcycle helmets are subject to wear and tear caused by a buildup of dirt, grime, and sweat. Regular cleaning preserves the safety factor of your helmet and increases its lifespan. A good, deep cleaning twice a year is recommended. Remember, no helmet lasts forever, so mind the expiration date and replace helmets at least every five years. A reputable online motorcycle shop can hook you up with the latest, safest helmets.