This is a must on a motorbike and is therefore part of the basic equipment of every motorcyclist: the helmet. It not only protects you from falls, but also keeps away dirt and small stones, rain, and bothersome insects. To make sure that it will be a trusted companion for a long time, you have to take good care of it.
How often should you clean it
A rule of thumb is to clean it at regular intervals, at best once a month, with mild cleaning agents. This way you can guarantee good hygiene, even if you are often out and about. If you don’t ride in the colder months, it should be carefully cleaned for winter storage.
How to clean the visor
Dirt, dead insects, and scratches create scattered light on the visor, especially when riding in the dark. This effect makes riding a motorbike dangerous. A spotless visor is therefore an important factor in riding safety. When cleaning the visor, you should always be careful not to damage it because it is extremely prone to scratches.
Before you start cleaning the visor, it is a good idea to detach it. This is the best way to clean the inside and outside of the helmet and also gives you easy access to its components. You can simply scrub them with a soft brush. The outside of the visor can be cleaned with a soft damp cloth, or paper towel, and mild soapy water. In stubborn cases, it can be dampened with the cloth beforehand. You should not soak or clean it under running water.
Tips for proper cleaning
Avoid harsh rubbing as this may cause scratches. Use special care when cleaning a Pinlock visor, and only use specially-designed cloths and cleaners. Mirrored visors are very susceptible to scratches, to be on the safe side, only wipe them with microfibre cloths.
How to clean the lining
Neglecting to clean the helmet lining is not only unhygienic, it can actually be dangerous. If the inner lining remains dirty for too long, the foam soaks up dirt particles. This causes it to expand and become less flexible and changes the fit. If it no longer sits perfectly on the head, it means that safety is no longer guaranteed. Therefore, the inner lining should be cleaned regularly. If the padding is easy to remove, you can easily wash it. Some models can be washed at 30 degrees on a gentle cycle. However, you should always avoid spin-drying. Instead, wash the padding by hand with a mild detergent. If the inner lining cannot be removed, it is recommended to remove the dirt inside with a brush. Special care sprays and foams are available for the proper cleaning of helmets. These have the advantage that they can be washed out very easily and permanently remove odours. After cleaning, make sure to thoroughly rub out all of the residue.
Tips for the care of lining
Do not use household cleaners because they are usually only intended to remove grease residues, and can be very difficult to rinse out. You should only use products designed for this purpose. When removing the liner, remember which part belongs where, so that it is easy to reassemble.
Drying the helmet
Once your helmet is completely cleaned, there is one thing you should not forget: drying. It must always be allowed to dry completely to avoid unpleasant odours, or even mould. Now you can store it until your next ride.
Helmet wiper for rainy days
This is essentially an electrical device made up of a single wiper, a spring-mounted shaft, and a mounting plate, that allows you to fasten it easily to your helmet, directly above the visor. If you are riding in heavy rain, you may not see the road or traffic clearly, and this creates a dangerous situation. A wiper can help you to see better in harsh weather — but it won’t get you around having to clean your helmet.