Helmet Visor Cleaning

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Helmet Visor Cleaning
Motorcycle helmets play a vital role in protecting the rider's head from serious injuries. (disc brakes image by KtD from Fotolia.com)

Motorcycle helmet visors afford the rider excellent forward visibility and facial protection from insects and other oncoming debris, and in the course of their use, they will become dirty. Caring for any motorcycle helmet includes removing all debris, including dirt and insect matter, from the helmet visor. Most helmet manufacturers have their own instructions on how to clean helmet visors, but the vast majority call on the use of warm water and a microfibre cloth.

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Things you need

  • Bucket of warm water
  • Micro-fibre cloths
  • Special helmet cleaner (if specified by manufacturer)

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  1. 1

    Detach the visor from the helmet. The method of removal may vary depending on the manufacturer.

  2. 2

    Use a small amount of special helmet cleaner if the manufacturer of your helmet visor calls for it. Otherwise, soak the visor in a bucket of warm water for approximately one minute. This will soften the harder residue left on the visor and make it easier to wipe it away.

  3. 3

    Remove the visor from the bucket of warm water and gently wipe the visor down with a damp microfibre cloth. Carefully handle the visor to avoid adding smudges and fingerprints to the visor's surface.

  4. 4

    Use a dry microfibre cloth to dry the helmet visor. Reattach the visor to the helmet when done cleaning.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use household glass cleaner on your visor. The chemicals in such cleaners can strip away the UV coating on the plastic visor, causing it to fog up or appear hazy with age.
  • Do not use abrasive cloths on your visor. These cloths can leave permanent scratches and swirl marks.

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