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How to Effectively Clean your Racing Helmet
By Matt Lambert at Right Motorsport
As a race car driver, your helmet is not just a simple piece of equipment. It's your lifeline on the track, protecting your head and neck in the event of a crash and ensuring that you can see clearly and breathe comfortably throughout the race. That's why it's so important to clean and maintain your helmet regularly, so it stays in top condition and performs as it should.
Here are the best ways to clean and maintain your race car driver helmet:
Clean the outside of your helmet: Start by wiping down the outside of your helmet with a mild soap and water solution. Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub away any dirt, grime, or debris that may have accumulated on the surface. Be careful not to use harsh chemicals, as these can damage the helmet's protective coatings and reduce its ability to absorb impact. To avoid damaging the helmet, rinse it thoroughly with clean water after washing and dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Clean the visor or shield: The visor or shield of your helmet is an important part of your vision on the track, so it's essential to keep it clean and clear. Remove the visor or shield from your helmet and clean it separately using a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or smudges. Dry it completely with a soft, lint-free cloth, making sure to avoid using any solvents or abrasive materials that can scratch the surface and impair your visibility.
Take extra care if you own or use an Iridium or Mirrored shields, as these coatings are very sensitive to scratching and marking.
Clean the interior of your helmet: The interior of your helmet, including the lining and padding, is in constant contact with your head and can become contaminated with sweat, oil, and other contaminants that can cause unpleasant odours and bacteria growth. Clean the interior of your helmet regularly using a gentle soap and water solution, or a specialized helmet cleaner if you have one. Let the interior of the helmet air out after each use to help it dry completely and reduce the risk of mildew and mould.
Store your helmet properly: When you're not using your helmet, it's important to store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, high temperatures, or moisture, which can cause the materials to weaken, degrade, or develop unpleasant odours. Consider storing your helmet in a protective bag or container to keep it safe and dust-free.
Replace your helmet after an impact: No matter how well you clean and maintain your helmet, its protective capabilities will eventually diminish over time. If you've been in a crash where the helmet is impacted in any way, it is recommended to replace it as it may have sustained internal damage that is not immediately visible. Regularly inspecting your helmet for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, dents, or other damage, is important to ensure its continued effectiveness.
In conclusion, keeping your race helmet clean and well-maintained is essential to your safety and success on the track. By following these tips, you'll ensure that your helmet remains in top condition and ready to protect you from head to toe in any race or situation. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a new driver, make sure to take good care of your helmet and enjoy the thrill of the race with peace of mind!