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Solution for helmet straps?

Old 10-06-11, 04:40 AM
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Solution for helmet straps?

I dont think this has come up before but must affect others so here goes...

A summer of riding with sun cream on my face has turned my helmet straps to a metalic gray, salty, damp gungy mess. No amount of wiping, squeezing or rubbing seems to remove the heavily water resistant build up of sludge within the material - also there must be an easier way? After wearing it, im starting to get skin irritation so need to sort it out.

As far as i can tell the straps are not removable, therefore any technique to dissolve this slime must be compatible with the whole helmet.

Anyone have any good ideas?
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Old 10-06-11, 04:43 AM
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scrub them with the rough edge of a sponge and dish/sink soap - or - buy a new helmet.
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Old 10-06-11, 07:25 AM
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Get a new helmet

Seriously, I just wash my straps with soap and water every month and deal with the discoloration.
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Spray it with a wax and grease remover. You can get it at an auto parts store, then wipe it down.
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Washing machine.
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Old 10-06-11, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RacerOne View Post
Washing machine.
put the whole helmet in the washing machine - yeah, that will go well.

Be careful with cleaners because helmets can be ruined easily by pretty common chemicals. I spilled rubbing alcohol on a helmet once and it heavily discolored both the styrofoam and the shell.

Talc draws grease out sometimes. I had a chamois cream one time that contained talc and I discovered by accident it was really good at removing chain grease from clothes.
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Old 10-06-11, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by RacerOne View Post
Washing machine.
Correct.
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You can't remove the straps? Which helmet?
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Liquid soap, get a handful and squeeze it onto the straps. Wait a moment and rinse, takes about 90% of the gunk off.
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Just wear it in the shower occasionally. Scrub the straps with some mild soap and be done with it.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
put the whole helmet in the washing machine - yeah, that will go well.
I think the it was an homage to a previous thread.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I think the it was an homage to a previous thread.
So the dishwasher is only for degreasing wheels and components now?
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