My Helmet Is Gross: How Do I Clean My Lid?

Posted: July 7, 2010 in Cycling, Information

Ninety degree temperatures, combined with early season humidity have left my cycling helmet positively gross.  The crusty salt layer is coming on quick and thick.  Sound familiar?

The obvious next question is, “how Do I Safely Clean My Lid?”

Helmets are made of materials that can be easily damaged.  Never use petroleum based solvents or cleaners.

To clean your helmet, fill a bucket or sink with warm water and add a little dishwashing detergent.  (The same amount as if washing dishes.)  I don’t recommend removing the pads inside, as often the velcro dislodges from the helmet.  Then, place the entire helmet in the soapy water and let it soak for 2 or 3 minutes.

Scrub the hard plastic surfaces with a sponge.  Flip the helmet over and then scrub the straps and buckles with the sponge and soapy water.  Using a soft brush, give the padding and the styrofoam a gentle go.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water.  Dry the surfaces and straps with a cloth towel.  Press firmly on the padding with the towel, shucking the excess water as you go.

To best dry a helmet, I like to fold the straps over the top and snap them together.  Ball up five paper towels inside and turn the helmet upright to dry.  DO NOT dry a helmet in direct sunlight.  The UV will break down the materials and shorten the life.

In between washings allow the helmet to air dry and then store it in a cool, dry place where it won’t get damaged. Many helmets come with a “pod” which allows for ventilation, whilst protecting your investment.  Excessive heat can also damage the goods.

You should replace your helmet every three years.

Watch the Video – How to select a Road Cycling Helmet.

Watch the Video – How to select an Aero Racing Helmet


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