How to Clean the Shield on a Motorcycle Helmet

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How to Clean the Shield on a Motorcycle Helmet
Clean helmet shields with mild soap. (Latina rider image by Leticia Wilson from

Motorcycle helmet shields are made of a clear, durable plastic and are typically detachable from the helmet itself. These shields make riding more comfortable by blocking the force of wind and rain. In addition, they serve as a safety feature by preventing rocks and dirt from flying into the rider's eyes. Since dirty shields can impact visibility, it is important to keep them as clean as possible. Only mild cleaning solutions should be used to clean motorcycle helmet shields.

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Things you need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Baby shampoo

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    Detach the shield from the motorcycle helmet using the instructions that came with the helmet. Typically, you will reach inside the helmet and press in on buttons at the interior corners of the shield to release it. If the shield has side plates on either side, grasp them and pull them firmly from the shield.

  2. 2

    Dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and wring it out to remove most of the moisture. Open the cloth up and lay it over the face shield. Wait for five minutes to allow the mud and debris to soften.

  3. 3

    Fill a bucket with 1/2 gallon of warm water and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo.

  4. 4

    Remove the damp microfiber cloth from the shield and place it into the soapy water. Wring the cloth out well.

  5. 5

    Wipe all sides of the shield with the soapy cloth to remove all dirt and debris.

  6. 6

    Rinse the microfiber cloth in clean water and then wipe all surfaces of the shield to remove the soap residue.

  7. 7

    Dry the shield with another dry microfiber cloth to remove all moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use abrasive scrubs, acids, window cleaners or solvents on the motorcycle helmet shield as these products will scratch the surface and degrade the plastic.

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