How to: Wash Your Motocross Helmet

How to: Wash Your Motocross Helmet main image

Why is it that one of the most expensive and important items in your Motocross Gear Bag only ever sees the light of day when you are on the bike?

Sweat is the natural born enemy of fabric, foam and leather. Over time unwashed fabric which has been subjected to human sweat will become stiff, brittle and will eventually deteriorate. Ever put your head inside an old Motocross Helmet and the liner was rough and scratchy on your face? This is from a lack of regular cleaning!

To avoid this you must wash your helmet liner after every ride. Almost every helmet on the market today has a removable liner which is clipped in with press studs, magnets or other easy to remove clips. On our own helmet we simply remove the liner and wash it in the machine on a gentle cycle with the rest of our gear.

Please take it easy when removing your helmet liner. Most of these are a delicate piece of material which clips in easily to your internal shell. All too often people try to yank these out with excessive force which then damages the liner or breaks its fixtures. Take care of your liner it is there to offer comfort and protection for your head.

Some helmet liners are more delicate than others so we recommend hand washing your helmet liner in warm soapy water. Use a gentle detergent with no harsh chemicals like oxyaction and allow to dry in a warm place out of the sun.

If the helmet outer shell is heavily soiled give it a hose down first to soak the majority of the mud away. Once the bulk of the dirt is gone wash the helmet with warm soapy water and a sponge. Be careful when washing dirt and grit off as scrubbing this into the helmet can scratch the paint job.

Muddy dirt bike helmet

Removing the helmet peak will make it easier to get the helmet clean. Also don’t forget to wash your helmet straps too as they get filthy over time!

Now that your helmet is clean take the time to inspect it for chips, scratches, cracks and damage. Even a small crash can damage your helmet enough to compromise its ability to keep you safe so keep your eyes peeled!

If you have cleaned your helmet and realised you are due for an upgrade, checkout the range at MXtore:

For more information regarding motocross helmets don’t hesitate to contact our friendly customer service team or visit The MXstore Motocross Helmet Buyers Guide

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