The helmet is an essential safety gear for vehicles. It is a durable thing that protects our sensitive head from any crash. It is composed of glued Styrofoam inside a thick shell; others may use pads to create such. But after years of getting safe rides, you might notice how smelly and dusty your helmet is. Like any other gears, it needs to maintain its quality to prevent rust and other damages from the outer and inside shell. Cleaning it doesn’t exert too much effort because it is only handy. Even everyone can clean it, but not all knows how to do it properly.
If you think soaking your helmet into a big basin and scrubbing it is enough, you might have been wrong for your whole life. The purpose of this topic is to help you clean your helmet right. So I will share with you my knowledge in properly cleaning the mask.
But before everything, you must gather these materials first:
- Unused toothbrush or nailbrush
- Unused cloth (must be clean)
- Your desired cleaning products
- Pail with water
- A big basin
- Dry cloth
Here is the step by step on how to clean the helmet.
First: Prepare Everything!
Prepare yourself for the cleaning session. Take off your hand accessories such as the watch, rings, etc. Wash your hands (you cannot clean it with a dirty hand). Use gloves if you want to or just simply use your bare hands to hold it. Lay your materials on the table (screws, cloths, etc. ) Then remove the parts of the helmet (make sure to keep the parts properly in one place to avoid losing it) such as the visor, linings, check pads, etc.. If you are not sure what parts are to take off, look for a manual or search for the internet. Always remember to remove only what you need to avoid difficulty in assembling it again later on.
Second: Start it!
When everything is prepared, soak the cheek pad and other linings to the warm water that has mixed with cleaning product you bought. Massage the parts carefully, especially that area that badly need extra cleaning and then rinse. After, let it rest on a towel and shower it again with warm water. Add a little shampoo and rinse. Rinse it again with cold water at least five times. Then let it dry in front of a fan. Take note: Do not use a hairdryer to dry the parts!
Third: Do the Visor!
Visor is a piece of the front of the helmet that you can pull down to protect yourself. To clean the Visor, soak it in warm water and massage it with mild soap solution. Mostly this part is dusty because it is in front of you in your ride. Be careful on what you rub to the visor, it may get scratches easily. You can use your fingers instead to rub the area and then rinse.
Fourth: Outer and Inner Shell
After the Visor, now clean the outer and inner part of the shell. Use your desired cleaning product and make sure it only has a mild solution or else it will damage the skin of the helmet. Use warm water when you rinse. Use the toothbrush to brush the area that needs to. Make sure each area, even those hard to reach must be cleaned up. Then rinse thoroughly.
When you are done, re-assemble you helmet carefully. Remember the parts and where it is located. Screw everything tight and make sure you reconnect it to the right position. Handle it with care, because some part are small and sensitive and may get damage. Try adjusting your visor by opening and closing it, to make sure that it is properly attached to the helmet.
If it’s dry already, you can spray an anti-odor spray to your helmet.
You can also wax the whole helmet if you want to. You can use a mild abrasive and lay it on the shell and visor, leave it dry and see the result. Or even put new decals to make it look cooler! Some may even put numbers or words; it’s your choice!
Now that is a shiny, smooth and clean helmet!