“Dirt Biking,” the name says it all. Maneuvering your bike in a terrain carpeted with dirt and getting all the dirt on your hands, feet, and gear- no adventure can ever surpass the thrill it generates. On the downside, getting the dirt off the gear takes a lot of effort. But the real blunder happens when bikers ignore their helmet.
Although the helmet looks fine, it gathers the most dirt during dirt biking. Besides the mud-slinging that happens outside, your sweat corrupts the inner lining. Hence, it is essential to clean your dirt bike helmet.
If you are wondering how to clean a dirt bike helmet, let us help you. Here is your step-by-step guide to cleaning your Fox helmets.
Step #1: Gather the supplies
You are just a few supplies away from a sparkling clean dirt bike helmet. You would need a microfiber cloth or towel to clean and dry your helmet and face shield, a soft toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach places, such as the face shield gasket, visor, vent covers, etc., and baby shampoo.
Step #2: Remove the liner
After gathering the supplies, remove the helmet liner. Make sure your movements are easy and gentle because liners are very delicate. You might tear it. Hence, gently remove the press studs and separate them from the EPS liner.
Step #3: Wash the liner
Remove the liner and cheek pads carefully, and wipe the interior surface of the EPS liner with a clean damp cloth.
Either use a mild soap or baby shampoo with no harsh chemicals, place the liner and cheek pads into a cotton bag, throw it in the machine, and wash with mild detergent soap. Once you are done, take a clean towel to dry the liners and let them air dry. Ensure you do not use an electric dryer to dry your liners because it can hamper the inner foam. Also, wash your helmet straps. Use a damp cloth to wipe the padded straps.
If the liner in your helmet is non-removable, wipe it with a damp cloth and mild cleaner. Place it in front of a fan and let it dry. Do not dry it in heat or sun.
Step #4: Wash the outer shell
The outer shell of your dirt bike helmet wears dried mud as the badge of honor. Well, you do not need to flaunt it. Clean it to enhance the shelf life of your helmet.
Start with placing the helmet under running water to remove the cakes of dried mud. Now take some warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth to clean it. Make sure you keep the color of the helmet intact.
Use a toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas, such as the visor, vent covers, etc. Furthermore, do not use a strong cleaner with acids or solvents to clean the plastic parts of your helmet, such as the chin vent, face shield, vent covers, visor, etc. Clean the face shield with a soft microfiber cloth.
Dry the shell and secure it with helmet wax or automotive wax.
Step #5: Reassemble your helmet
Once the helmet is dry, reassemble it. Attach the visor, face shield, and other parts where they belong.
Lastly, store your helmet properly. We advise you to place the helmet in a helmet pouch. Place it on a rack in a clean and dry place.
The Bottom Line
Your dirt bike helmet can last for as long as seven years if properly maintained. So, take care of your helmet, wash it after every use, and store it as advised.