Ultimate guide to motorcycle helmet cleaning
Riding a motorcycle is obviously fun. There’s nothing like the thrill of riding your bike down the open road with the wind blowing in your face. Although riding with your face out might feel fantastic, me and everyone who’s serious about riding bikes knows that this is something that you should avoid doing. There are plenty of awful things happening to our fellow riders around the world because they neglect their safety for a cheap thrill. Anyway, this article is not about safety or whether or not you should ride with your helmet, obviously. I am no one to tell you what to do and to preach about safety, but I will let you know about a few tricks you could do in order to properly clean your motorcycle’s helmet. I usually buy a new helmet every couple of years, but that’s just me, as I ride so much that a normal helmet wouldn’t really last longer than 3 years with me. Washing or cleaning your motorcycle’s helmet is mandatory if you want to prolong it’s life. There are plenty of services that offer such cleaning, but I honestly prefer doing it myself, as I know what I’m using and I know exactly how things are done. I ride a lot during the Summer and my motorcycles do about 20 000 miles a year, so I need a really good helmet as an addition to everything else. I have made poor choices before and they nearly cost my life, so that’s why in this days of age I invest in proper equipment heavily so I lower the chances of injury to the bare minimum. Anyway that’s enough about me riding, let’s get into the helmet cleaning part.
Materials to clean your motorcycle helmet
I personally use a few things that help me clean my motorcycle helmet easily. Cleaning the helmet is by no means an easy task, but it keeps your most important body part – your head, comfortable and makes the helmet smell nice, which is always a good thing. It is really important to know that cleaning your motorcycle helmet in a wrong way could cause structural damage and although most of you guys would never do that intentionally, that’s exactly what happens every time you clean it with the wrong materials and detergents. So here’s a list of my own safe list of materials to use that you should probably use yourself, next time you decide to clean your helmet.
Actually, I think that listing the things that you probably shouldn’t use is a shorter list so I’ll start with them. The strange thing is that I actually got one of the advises on how to clean my helmet from a cleaner from this Oxford end of tenancy cleaning company. As it turns out he’s a rider himself, that obviously needs to know what’s inside his cleaning detergents used for cleaning houses. First of all – Window cleaners.
If you ask yourself are windows cleaning products and detergents bad for your helmet, the answer is yes. Most household window cleaning products have ammonia in them, which might be helpful for cleaning a window or your helmet’s shield. Unless the window cleaning product is organic, the ammonia is a large part of the chemical composition and it could severely damage your helmet. Truth be told, I couldn’t really find any glass on my motorcycle helmet and I’m pretty positive that you won’t be able to do so yourself. The shield of your helmet is obviously made of polycarbonate and ammonia causes real damage to it although you might not be able to see it. It will reduce the shield’s shatterproof function.
Do not use abrasive polish cleaners
I can’t stress enough how bad using abrasive polishers is to your helmet and it’s shield. It’s actually included in the name. Abrasive means, that it takes out a small layer of the helmet every time you use it, so that’s a serious no-no. Imagine if you’re pealing an onion and how it gets smaller and smaller every time and how much weaker the core is when you don’t have the top on it.
There’s a lot more to discuss on this matter, but for now I’m going to have to leave this article a little bit unfinished. I’ll make sure to write on the rest of the great tips on how to clean your motorcycle’s helmet, but for now that’s all I got.
If you want a little more info on how to maintain your bike and bike gear, there’s always the Bike Bandit Blog.
I actually found a great video on how to maintain your bike’s helmet on Youtube, which has a lot of the info I gave you already in it. You could watch that video here.
For now I don’t have a lot more to say as I gotta go. I’m having a meeting with my bike buddies here in Sherwood.