How to clean your riding helmet

Keeping a riding helmet fresh through regular cleaning will prevent odours and mould developing inside the headband, and ultimately prolong the life of your helmet.

Helmets are fragile and need special care. It’s really important to use cleaning products that are specially formulated for use inside a riding helmet.

Never dry clean your helmet, expose it to harsh solvents, or put it in a washing machine!

A growing number of our riding helmets now come with removable headband which are machine washable, but the below will still help!

Specialised cleaning products

Charles Owen Helmet Cleaner and Helmet Deodoriser together provide a complete cleaning solution to improve the longevity of your helmet and keep it sanitary and safe.

The Helmet Cleaner is formulated to break up dirt and grease, effectively removing sweat, sunscreen, makeup and dust.

Meanwhile, the Helmet Deodoriser kills odour-causing bacteria and is perfect for a quick refresh between rides.

Simply spray onto the lining of the helmet and then leave it in a cool place to dry.

6 easy steps to clean a riding helmet

Follow these easy steps to effectively clean and care for your helmet:

  1. Spray the Helmet Cleaner onto the helmet headband
  2. Allow the helmet to sit for two to three minutes. This is important because it gives the cleaner time to work
  3. Take a damp cloth and gently work the cleaner into the headband in a circular motion. Use the minimum amount of water so that the helmet liner isn’t fully soaked and will be able to dry quickly
  4. Repeat until all the dirt from the headband has transferred to the cloth
  5. To clean the outside of your helmet, use a soft brush or cloth and water to gently wipe away any dried mud or dirt.
  6. After you’ve cleaned your helmet, leave it out to dry completely. Never leave it in front of a radiator or open fire
  7. Finally, spray the Helmet Deodoriser to kill any bacteria and leave a fresh citrus fragrance.