If during these days you need for some justified reason to move on your bike, it is important that you take into account these tips developed by the Center for Innovation for Motorcyclists and thus ensure a good disinfection and cleaning of your helmet in times of pandemic.
The helmet, like any other garment, also gets dirty over time. Being in direct contact with street pollution, sweat from the body or when you put it on any surface, it ends up getting dirty inside and out, and what used to be a cleaning we had to do from time to time, now for safety and hygiene reasons has become a necessary activity every time we use our helmet.
We also recommend that those who move around in two-wheeled vehicles take care to ensure good cleaning and disinfection of other essential items, such as gloves.
It is important that before cleaning your helmet you read the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions carefully or consult the place where you made your purchase. Each material has different needs and this modifies the products we will use for cleaning and disinfection.
Once you have consulted it, it is time to start cleaning:
To disinfect your helmet, it is important that you first clean and disinfect your own hands. If it is with gel or, use rubber gloves.
Then, you should check if the inside of your helmet is removable or not. If it is not, you can wash it directly in the sink, although this solution does not always give good results. On the contrary, if its parts are detachable, you should start with the fastening strap and the internal padding.
Exterior of the helmet: To clean the outer shell and obtain shiny results, it is advisable to clean it manually with a sponge and neutral soap, applying circular movements (do not soak) to prevent water from penetrating inside it. There are also specific products (sprays, waxes, polishers, etc.) for cleaning the helmet, which by their composition clean and enhance the brightness of the shell without damaging the exterior paint. In addition, they offer an insect repellent function. You can help yourself with a small brush to clean those corners that you cannot reach with the sponge.
Once cleaned, dry the helmet with a soft cloth and let it air dry.
Pads: If they can be removed, remove them carefully and leave them in warm water with some mild soap or detergent and always following the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can also wash them with a soft sponge and without leaving them submerged. When they are clean, wring them out and let them dry in the air, but avoiding direct sunlight so as not to damage them.
Do not wash the pads in the washing machine or put them back in place before they are completely dry, as humidity is not good for preventing infections.
Visor: To maintain the helmet visor as good as new, it must be removed. It is very important that we use a suitable cleaning product specific to the type of visor we have. Since it is made of a special plastic and not glass, some chemicals present in household cleaning products can affect it, even darkening or scratching the visor.
Once you have your cleaner, apply a little on a damp cloth and rub gently on the visor. To make the cleaning easier, you can spray some of the product directly on the screen and leave it for a few seconds. After this time, you can remove the remains with a dry cloth. There are also a number of specific products that, in addition to cleaning and protecting the structure of the display, help to repel water on rainy days and fog in cold weather.
If you don’t have a specific cleaner on hand and right now you can’t find any specialized place that is open, you can clean it with the same neutral soap that you used for the dome but this time applying it with your fingertips so as not to scratch it.
Other useful tips for riding a motorcycle in Coronavirus times.
- Clean the handlebars and controls of the bike with alcohol or specific products for the contact areas.
- Clean the helmet cover with vapor, it will help not to spread the coronavirus.
- Avoid letting your motorcycle equipment to other people as much as possible.
- Store your equipment in a dry place that is not susceptible to being infected.
- When you take off your gloves, do not keep them inside the helmet, they will deform and we can infect the inside of the helmet.
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