Both delivery boys who drive mopeds and old school Harley-riding bikers who enjoy dwelling on cougar dating sites in pursuit of their next love interest need to know how to take care of their gear. And while getting into the maintenance of a complex machine like a motorcycle would be too much for one article, we’ve decided to look into something more fundamental – how to clean a motorcycle helmet, to be precise.
You see, the helmet is one of the most critical parts of any biker’s equipment, seeing as it’s usually the only thing that can save someone’s life in case they get in a serious crash. And even though the essential attribute of a bike helmet is its quality, it also needs to be clean and tidy so that the wearer can actually see through it and look nice while wearing it. In that name, here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning a motorcycle helmet.
Step 1 – Preparation
Before you even start doing any actual cleaning, you need to prepare both yourself and the helmet for the process. This is done by getting the right tools for you and removing anything that may make your work difficult, or that shouldn’t be cleaned.
Therefore, what you need to do is get a microfiber rag, a toothbrush, some baby shampoo, a bucket of warm water and a can of compressed air if you can get your hands on it. These are essential for proper cleaning. As far as disassembling the helmet, remember to remove any electronic and external accessories that are just in the way and take out the helmet’s interior, since that can be washed in a washing machine.
Step 2 – Actual Cleaning
There’s no one order by which you should clean your helmet. Some people start from the outside; others like to take care of the interior first. In any case, you need to take care of the exterior, interior lining, vents, face shield, and sun shield (if your helmet is equipped with those).
As far as the exterior and interior go, you’ll have to use that baby shampoo and warm water with the microfiber rag to remove any dirt and dust and to polish the entire thing. Then, turn that compressed air towards the air vents in the helmet and blow them out to remove dust, and finally, in case there are shields on your helmet, clean the edges with water and a toothbrush and wipe them down with some Windex.
Step 3 – Reassembly
Now that you’ve cleaned everything in your motorcycle helmet you could, and each part has dried off entirely, it’s time to put everything back together so that you can show off just how shiny and pretty your headgear is.
Most bikers start off with the dry liner and check pads only to reattach the shields and any exterior pieces that may have been removed in the process. However, this isn’t the rule of thumb, as you might find it easier to assemble a helmet in a different order, or maybe your particular helmet has to be put together in a specific way.