Don’t let caked-on mud or bug parts ruin the look and performance of your favorite helmet. From the latest motocross options to Harley full face helmets, use these simple tips to keep your lid clean and ready for any ride.

Break It Down

You may be surprised at the amount of removable parts on even the most basic helmet. Find out how much you can take off before you start wiping it down. Most helmets have removable liners, but some also have electronics, visors and face shields that can be removed. Work on one part at a time to clear out every nook and cranny.

Don’t assume all these parts are removable. Every helmet is made differently, so always check with your owner’s manual to see how you can safely break down your helmet. While most helmets have removable cheek pads, the last thing you want to do is rip one off by tugging on it.

Loosen Up the Dirt

Dried-on dirt and bug guts are particularly difficult to remove from the outside of a bike helmet. Grab a microfiber towel, soak it in warm water and cover your helmet with it. Let that sit awhile and loosen all the crud on your helmet. This prevents you from putting elbow grease into the project. Intense scrubbing can scratch the surface of your helmet.

Wipe Your Helmet

Once it’s sat for awhile with a hot cloth, it’s time to wipe down your helmet. Don’t bother with any soap for cruiser motorcycle helmets and other types of helmets. A wet microfiber towel is all you need to wipe off the entire exterior.

The only other tool you may need is a toothbrush. Some helmets have unusual lines and edges that are difficult to reach with a towel. Clean away dirt and debris from these hard-to-reach places with a clean toothbrush.

Check Out the Vents

Another tricky area is the vents on your helmet. Clogged vents can be cleared with a short blast of compressed air. Use your air compressor to blast away dirt, from the inside of the vent blowing out. Check all the vents around your helmet for signs of debris clogging your ventilation.

Pay Attention to the Sun Shield and Face Shield

Plenty of riders make the mistake of bringing out glass cleaner and other harsh cleaning agents when working with their face shield. These cleaning agents may wipe off the dirt and mud, but they’ll typically take away your UV and anti-fog coating in the process. Use a wet microfiber cloth and don’t worry about soaps or cleaning chemicals for your face shield or sun shield.

Put It All Together

Once it’s all dried and you’ve taken care of the inside of your helmet as well as the outside, it’s time to put it all back together. Test out your helmet and gear up for your next big ride. For more information about helmet care, check out helpful online guides, like the motorcycle helmet fitment guide. Shop online to enjoy a durable, easy-to-clean helmet for all your adrenaline-fueled rides.