How to clean your riding helmet

Whether it’s gathering dust from the riding ring or tack room, or collecting sweat, sunscreen and makeup in hot weather, your helmet will benefit from regular cleaning. Keeping the helmet fresh and at its best will prevent against odors or mould from developing inside the headband. Even more importantly, it will also help prolong the life of your helmet.

To start, never dry clean your helmet, expose it to harsh solvents, or put it in the dishwasher. Instead, be sure to use products that are specially formulated for use in the helmet’s interior. Charles Owen Helmet Deodoriser and Helmet Cleaner together provide a complete cleaning system to improve the longevity of your helmet and to keep it sanitary and safe. The Helmet Cleaner is specially formulated to break up dirt and grease, effectively removing sweat, sunscreen, makeup and dust. The Helmet Deodoriser kills odor-causing bacteria and is perfect for a quick refresh between rides. Simply spray it onto the lining of the helmet and then leave it in a cool place to dry.

Follow these steps to effectively clean your Charles Owen and watch the video below for a complete tutorial:

  1. Spray the cleaner onto the 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.

After you clean your helmet, leave it out to dry completely. Be sure to never leave it in front of a radiator or open fire. It should also not be stored in a hot car. This is because temperatures above 50°C can cause the expanded polystyrene (EPS) layer in the helmet to melt and will decrease your helmet’s ability to offer protection in the event of an accident.

To clean the outside of your helmet, use a soft brush to gently knock away any dried mud or dirt off of microsuede or velvet. Use a cloth and water to quickly and easily wipe away any dirt from your helmet with leather look or matt paint finish.

Have you used our Helmet Cleaner and Deodoriser to keep your helmet fresh and at its best? If you have any other tips or tricks to share, let us know in the comments below!

Charlotte Dujardin
I trust Charles Owen to take care of me with safety and style.
Charlotte Dujardin CBE