Cleaning & Drying
One of the most important reasons to keep your helmet clean is to remove any dirt, grime, or other debris that can accumulate on the surface. These substances can get into the ventilation openings, which can restrict airflow and cause the helmet to be less comfortable to wear. Additionally, debris can scratch the helmet's surface and reduce its visual appeal.
Another important reason to clean your helmet is to remove any sweat and bacteria that can accumulate inside the helmet. Sweat and bacteria can create odours and can cause skin irritation. Furthermore, they can also reduce the effectiveness of the helmet's padding and lining, which can make it less comfortable to wear over time.
When cleaning a helmet, it's important to use a cleaning solution specifically designed for helmets. You should avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as these can damage the helmet's surface or compromise its integrity. It's also important to be careful when cleaning the helmet's visor, as some cleaning solutions can damage the anti-fog or anti-scratch coatings.
After cleaning the helmet, it's important to dry it thoroughly before storing it away. To dry the helmet, it's best to use a clean, soft cloth and gently wipe away any excess water. You should also make sure to dry the inside of the helmet thoroughly, including the ventilation openings - a helmet, boot and glove drier is perfect for this.
In summary, keeping equipment clean and properly dried is an essential part of maintaining its performance and lifespan. Regular cleaning can help to remove dirt and debris, sweat and bacteria, and extend the life of your racewear.
With proper care and maintenance, your helmet can continue to provide the protection you need on the track for many seasons to come.