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  09/02/2014     







Cleaning the Inside of Your Helmet


Items Needed:    1. Laundry Sink or Bathtub
2. Gentle Laundry Soap (i.e. Woolite)
3. Towels (2)

Estimates:   

Time: 15-30 minutes to wash, 24-72 hours to dry.

Cost:
~$5 USD for detergent.

Even if your helmet has removable pads, you should wash the helmet out as well. You can wash the pads at the same time and leave them out to dry with it.


Step 1 - Remove the visor


Step 2 - Place towel in tub

You do not want to scratch your nice helmet, do you? Make sure you put the drain plug in first.


Step 3 - Measure out some of your favorite delicate laundry detergent


Step 4 - Fill the tub


Step 5 - Wash the helmet

Squish the soapy water through the pads and the rest of the helmet.

Open your vents and let some soap drain through them as well.


Step 6 - Drain


Step 7 - Rinse

Rinse the soap from the outside, vents, and inside.

To get the soap out of the pads, squish the clean water in them repeatedly. Be thorough


Step 8 - Drain

Hold it like this for a bit to let much of the water drain out.


Step 9 - Dry

The best for way for a helmet to dry is on a dish rack like this one. It allows air to circulate to let it dry faster.

DO NOT use a heat source (hair dryer, etc.) to expedite the drying process! The heat will cause glue breakdown and other problems. Just DON NOT do it!


Tips
Al from Florida had a great tip:

I used an inverted (i.e. pointing UP) $30 little floor fan from Home Depot that swivels. My helmet dried on that in under 1/2 - with no heat source, just air.