It’s been a warm few weeks, and Summer is set to be a lovely one. Lots of riding to be done then, but your helmet no doubt will feel the heat too, especially your liner! You may be thinking about giving your helmet a bit of a freshen up, especially if you are planning on going to a show or if your hat is a a tad stinky after sweating in it day after day.
Although most of our helmets are very well vented, a bit of sweat is inevitable, and of course its always nice to be able to wipe your hat down safely so it looks smart for day to day or your time in the arena.
So, what can you do to keep your helmet fresh through Summer? Luckily, every Champion helmet comes with a handy guide on how to care for and clean it but here are our basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning and care, just in case:
- Initially dust off the helmet with a very soft brush – For fabric/velvet covered hats.
- Use a mild soap and warm water for cleaning.
- Gently rub the inner lining to remove grease.
- Remove any excess water with a dry towel.
- Leave to dry at room temperature.
- Hand wash any removable liner, if present.
- Use strong cleaning solutions or very hot water.
- Put your helmet on a radiator or Aga to dry.
- Wash your helmet in a dishwasher or washing machine!
- Leave your helmet to dry in places for pets to chew.
- Spray chemicals whilst wearing your helmet.
Always remember, your riding helmet should be stored in a cool environment and should not be exposed to direct heat for drying or placed in direct sunlight under glass. And yes, this includes the back shelf of your car!
If your riding helmet heats to 70 degrees centigrade or above the protective materials used in its construction will break down, especially the polystyrene liner, and this will gradually reduce the level of protection it offers you.
A protective bag is the ideal way to store your helmet when not in use, to ensure the right conditions are maintained and to provide cushioned protection.
If you are concerned that your helmet might be damaged, then replace it. There should be no compromise where head safety is concerned. Helmets are replaceable heads are not.
ALWAYS replace your helmet after a fall in which it has sustained an impact