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7 Easy & Quick Steps to Clean your Helmet that shines like a new one

June 30, 2021


You might have invested handsome money on a well-designed motorcycle helmet. But, if you don’t take care of your helmet and keep it clean, it becomes dirty on the outside and smells funky on the inside. There are probabilities of getting beaten up way before it’s time.

Motorcycle helmets have tons of jobs during your ride. It protects you from crashes, debris, bugs, insects, rain, mud pits, heat waves, and many more things. And, it’s important for you to take care of your helmet.

This blog will guide you on how you’ll take care of your helmet, not the exterior lid but also the inside part. We know the interior of your helmet has been capturing sweat and collected all that grease. We present you with DIYs for cleaning your helmet.

Things required:

  1. Microfiber rags

  2. Toothbrush

  3. Baby Shampoo

  4. Warm water

  5. Q-tip/ Compression air

Before you begin to clean, you’ll need to remove accessories like microphones, batteries, and so on. If you’ve got a dual-sport helmet, it is easy to remove and clean.


Step: 1 Remove the Helmet’s interior

The helmet interior designs differ according to the manufacturer. Many have removable internal liners and cheek pads while some manufacturers don’t. You see a couple of helmets have pads and liners attached with snaps. You may even see a few helmets use hook-and-loop material.


Step 2: Drape soaked rag over the outer shell of the helmet

You can use rags to scrub motorbike helmets. We recommend you use soft microfiber rags. It traps the dirt particles and you’ll not need to worry about getting your face shield scratched.

But, you always need to start cleaning with a clean rag. So, get a piece of microfiber cloth washed if it’s dirty.

Use warm water rather than any fancy cleaners to clean your helmet. All you need to do is soak a microfiber cloth in warm water and drape it over a helmet and your Step 3 is complete.

The moist towel soaked in warm water loosens dirt. It becomes easy for you to clean stubborn stuff like splattered bugs without harming helmet materials.


Step 3: Clean the interior

Many helmets these days have removable liners. So, cleaning the interior won’t be much of a difficult task. All you need to do is pour a few drops of baby shampoo in a bucket filled with warm water.

Dunk a helmet liner and cheek pads inside the container. Scrub, swish, and squeeze each interior part of the helmet you have taken out in Step 2. Then, rinse with water. And, there you go, your comfortable helmet with no aromas and residues left behind.

If you don’t have a removable liner, you can dunk the entire helmet in soapy water. Confirm you rinse it well and provide it plenty of time to air dry.

You need to make sure you’re never using petroleum base soap. It’s also the reason why we recommend using a baby shampoo that is gentle in nature. It’s very simple and most of the people have it laying around the house. 


Step 4: Clean exterior

We draped a soaked microfiber rag on the outer shield of the helmet in Step 3. Now, we remove the rag and use another piece of rag to wipe out the dirt on the outer.

If you see any leftover dirt, you can use the cheap toothbrush with soft bristles.  It reaches hard-to-clean places like nooks and crannies. You can also use it to clean helmet face shield gaskets and vents.


Step 5: Cleaning vents

You can use q-tips for cleaning vents. You can also use compressed air to clean dirt chunks in the vent channels of your helmet. The important thing here is, it is better for you to not use aerosol canned compressed air. It is because it damages your helmet and destroys the EPS liner.


Step 6: Clean face shield

If you’re doing it for the first time, consult your manual before cleaning your face shield or helmet. Many manufacturers produce UV coating or Anti-fog coating on the face shield. Make sure you don't avoid your specific warranty.

You can drape wet rags over the face shield for a couple of minutes and wipe off any dust and smudges left behind. If you’ve Pinlock shields, remove the inner lens first. Then, clean both sides.


Step 7: Wipe down the internal sun shield

If your drop-down visor is dusty, spritz water and wipe out the dirt with a microfiber cloth. The internal sun shields are not very dirty but a cleaning helmet gives you a comfortable ride.

You can reassemble dry liners, cheek pads, face shields, and other pieces. Now, you’re ready for a pleasant ride with a helmet.