How to clean an arai helmet

Many motorcyclists tend to disregard their helmets once the ride ends, often leaving the accumulated dust, dirt and sweat to wait until the next ride before being tended to. As time passes, an unhealthy odour can develop within the helmet, making it difficult to wear for any length of time. While most helmets must resort to a complete bath to cleanse it of road grime and sweat, Arai's line of helmets use removable cheek pads and inner liners, allowing the helmet to be cleaned easily. With the interior taken care of, cleaning the exterior is a snap.

Open the face shield completely to deploy the Super AdSIS levers at the edge of the eye port. Push both levers upward with your thumbs to release the face shield from the helmet. Set the face shield aside.

Flip the helmet over and pull out the tabs on the front of the neck curtain, positioned just below the chin bar. Pull the neck curtain away from the cheek pads, but do not try to remove the neck curtain.

Pull the cheek pads off the snap buttons on the inside of the helmet's shell, then pull the pads out of the helmet. Pull the tab on the front of the inner liner out from the top of the eye port. Pull the liner out and pull it off the snap buttons at the base of the of the helmet.

Place the cheek pads and inner liner into a bowl filled with warm, soapy water. Work the soapy water through the cheek pads and liner, then rinse thoroughly with clean warm water. Wring out the excess water from the pads and liner. Allow them to air dry naturally, away from direct sunlight.

Spray the helmet's outer shell and the front of the face shield with a plastic-safe cleaner/polish. Spray the inner surface of the face shield with an anti-fog plastic cleaner. Wipe the helmet and face shield dry with a microfiber cloth.

Reinstall the cheek pads, inner liner and face shield in the reverse order of removal.


At a minimum, wiping the interior of your helmet with a damp rag after a ride can reduce the build up of odours. For best results, use a mild baby soap to clean your cheek pads and liner. Place a sheet of fabric softener in your helmet while you are not wearing it to absorb odours.


Do not use petroleum or solvent-based cleaners on any portion of your helmet. Solvents will harm the helmet's outer shell, reducing its ability to protect you in an accident.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Soap and water
  • Plastic cleaner/polish
  • Anti-fog plastic cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
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An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.