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.