Icon® helmets are known for their cool appearance, and you want to maintain that sleek look. To ensure your helmet stays in great condition, it’s important to follow proper cleaning and maintenance practices. In this article, we will cover effective methods to keep your Icon® helmet looking sharp and ready for your next ride. Remember, using the wrong cleaning products can cause damage, so it’s essential to use the right techniques and materials.
- Remove the Interior Lining: Refer to page 10 of the User Manual for instructions on removing the interior lining.
- Gentle Cleaning Solution: Soak the interior in a mild solution of baby shampoo.
- Thorough Rinse: Rinse the interior with clean water multiple times until all soap residue is gone.
- Air Dry: Allow the interior to air dry completely before replacing it. Avoid machine washing or drying the helmet interior.
Your helmet is equipped with a scratch-resistant fog-free shield. To maintain its clarity and effectiveness, it’s important to clean it properly. Household cleaners can leave unwanted residues or damage the shield. Follow these steps to clean the exterior of your shield:
- Refer to Exterior Cleaning: Apply the same cleaning steps mentioned for the helmet’s exterior.
- Inside of the Shield: Do not use any cleaners or detergents on the inside of your shield.
- Appropriate Materials: Use a clean soft cloth, microfiber cloth, or the bag provided with your helmet to clean the shield. Using anything else may ruin or reduce the effectiveness of the fog-free coating.
If you need to store your helmet for a period of time, it’s essential to protect it properly. Follow these guidelines:
- Helmet Bag: Store your helmet in the helmet bag provided.
- Secure and Dry Place: Find a secure, dry place to store your helmet, away from direct sunlight.
Exterior Cleaning (Gloss Helmets)
Gloss helmets require specific cleaning methods to preserve their shine. Here’s what you should do:
- Softening: Place a warm, wet cloth towel on the exterior of the helmet for at least 5 minutes to soften dried-on bugs. Don’t skip this step!
- Cleaning: Use a fresh, wet, clean cloth and mild dish soap to wipe down the helmet’s exterior, removing road grime and softened bug remnants.
- Drying: Use another fresh, dry cloth towel to dry the helmet and eliminate any water spots. Avoid machine washing or drying the helmet interior.
Exterior Cleaning (Rubatone Helmets)
Rubatone helmets require a different approach to ensure the finish remains intact. Follow these steps:
- Softening: Place a warm, wet cloth towel on the exterior of the helmet for at least 5 minutes to soften dried-on bugs.
- Light Blotting Action: Remove the softened bugs and road grime by gently blotting the surface. Use the soft part of your helmet bag or a clean microfiber cloth. Do not rub aggressively, as it may damage the finish.
Proper maintenance is crucial to prolonging the lifespan of your helmet. Consider the following:
- Gloss Helmet Finishes: For gloss helmet finishes, use spray automotive wax specifically designed for cars with a clear coat. You can find this at any automotive store.
- Matte Finishes: Never attempt to polish a matte finish.
It’s important to understand these two critical points regarding helmet safety and lifespan:
- One Impact Rule: Any helmet that has experienced an impact should be replaced immediately. Helmets are designed to absorb only one impact. Even if there is no visible damage to the shell, the helmet’s usefulness is expired after one impact. The impact absorption liner may have compacted and compromised, rendering the helmet ineffective.
- Obsolescence and Helmet Disposal: Helmets have a limited lifespan and should be replaced when they show obvious signs of wear, such as changes in fit, cracks, rust, fraying, or any other signs of normal wear and tear that can contribute to helmet degradation.
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