Arai's Brian Weston reminded us of these helmet-care tips, all of which will help you keep your lid clean and long lasting.
1. After each ride, wipe the helmet's liner out with a damp cloth, just to remove any excess sweat or road grime from the surface.
2. When storing your helmet, even for short periods of time, keep the shield open and place the helmet on a slotted shelf, so air can flow freely and prevent odor buildup.
3. If your helmet is stored in a garage, where cats and dogs as well as other rodents could foul it, put it in the cloth sack that it came in. (It will still let air pass through) and put it on a high shelf. Dogs and cats love to get at their owner's helmets to lick the salt off the liner. Puppies love to chew the liner, too, and many have completely removed the interior of brand-new helmets.
4. A used dryer sheet, one that has 95% of the scent gone, placed in a helmet will help absorb odors and prevent static.
5. Cleaning road soot and bug gusts from the shield pivot mechanism is always a good idea. It will prevent premature wear and also that annoying crunching sound as you open and close your shield. Doing this with the pre-storage wash is a good idea and perhaps again at mid-season, especially if you live where there are lots of bugs or road debris.
6. Lastly, think of your helmet's interior as another piece of clothing that's up close and personal to your body. Would you wear the same pair of underwear and never wash them? Your head, hair and face deserve the same respect, attention and hygiene you give your backside.