How to Clean Helmets With Foam Padding

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Nothing beats the feeling of riding free in the wind until that wind enters your helmet, spreading the funk of many days' worth of hard-riding. Fortunately, cleaning your helmet is just as easy as washing your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra gentle shampoo
  • Water
  • Wash cloth
  • Micro-fiber cloth
  • Anti-fog lens cleaner (motorcycle helmet specific)
  • Plastic cleaner/polish

Disassemble the Helmet

  • Remove the face shield.

  • Remove the cheek pads.

  • Remove any other accessories, such as headsets or chin-curtains.

Cleaning the Helmet

  • Soak the wash cloth in a solution of cool water and shampoo.

  • Wipe down the interior padding with the wash cloth, applying gentle pressure to prevent damage to the EPS (foam) liner.

  • Allow the helmet to dry naturally.

  • Spray the outer shell of the helmet with a plastic polish/cleaner once the interior is dry. Wipe away the polish with a micro-fiber cloth.

  • Clean the visor using an anti-fog lens cleaner and a clean micro-fiber cloth.

  • Wash the pads in a solution of soapy water and allow to dry naturally.

  • Re-assemble the helmet once completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a high-quality plastic polish/cleaner, such as Plexus or Honda Polish, for the outer shell.
  • Do not place your helmet in direct sunlight when drying to prevent fading and development of foul odors. Do not use a solvent-based cleaner anywhere on your helmet. Solvents will damage the foam EPS liner and may also harm your helmet's outer shell and faceshield.

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