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Wash your helmet?

Old 09-04-06, 04:33 PM
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Wash your helmet?

After a summer of riding my helmet or the straps and pads inside are really stinking. Every time I go to put it on now it is really bad. How do you go about cleaning the straps? Just wash the whole thing or just scrub the straps clean?
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Old 09-04-06, 04:35 PM
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I don't think washing the whole thing could hurt.
Just scrub the straps with a mild brush, and let them soak in a detergent solution, then squeeze them out and rinse and dry.
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Old 09-04-06, 04:42 PM
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Wear it when you take your next shower.

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about every couple of weeks I just hold it under the kitchen sink faucet ( using the spray button), then stick it on top of a coat rack to dry. I usually do this when I'm not planning to ride the next day.
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Wash it. Get those straps good too. I just stick the helmet in a sink full of water with a little laundry detergent and really go over the straps with my hands. Rub the soapy water into the straps and then rinse well. Good as new. I usually remove the pads and wash them in the soapy water at the same time.
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Old 09-04-06, 06:36 PM
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Florida + summer = after every ride I wash it down in the shower. Pads, straps and exterior with a mild soap. Rinse well and towel dry. No problems with the helmet and no smell at all.
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Thanks for the replies. I thought this is what I should do but just wanted to be sure I was not ruining anything.
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I wash my helmet with water after every ride, to get the salt off the straps and pads , just run the hose over it and hang it up to dry.
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Hot water, kitchen sink and palmolive or similar dish soap. I wash my sweep after every ride cause i tend to sweat heavily in 105 degree tejas.
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Wow.... I am surprised how many people wash their entire helmets..... has anyone had problems with the plastic coming off?

FWIW: I use a Giro Monaza
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