How to clean Helmet Visor
A visor is a transparent part of a helmet covering and protecting your face against dust particles, bugs, and bright light. Mostly they are made up of acrylic, which is more prone to scratches. Since the visor is the foremost part that saves you from dust and dirt, isn’t it essential to protect and clean the visor for your safety?
Visors need to be regularly cleaned for better vision and safe riding. A dusty visor surface is extremely unsafe as it can lead to blurred vision and further even accidents. Moreover, maintaining your helmet visor will ensure long life plus a better riding experience.
Our article will guide you to protect, clean, and maintain the helmet visor to make your riding experience safer and enjoyable.
Protecting against scratches:
The outer side of the helmet visor has an anti-scratch coating that prevents minor scratches. However, deep scratches may appear if the furthest situations are concerned.
Here are few easy precautions to take to avoid scratches.
- Avoid direct touch
More often, our hands are unclean and have dust. Directly touching the helmet visor with fingers will smear the surface and leave stains. Hence it is advisable to avoid touching the visor for a shimmery texture.
- Place the helmet in a safe place.
Hanging the helmet to the mirror or placing it on the bike’s seat proves unsafe as it would lead to a fall. Further, this will result in extreme scratches and even shattering of the visor. So be sure you place it on an even surface to avoid the danger of fall.
Be sure to store the helmet so that it doesn’t come in direct contact with your finger or sunlight. The best way is to store it in a soft felt bag that comes with the helmet itself.
How To Clean and Maintain Your Motorcycle Helmet Visor
Cleaning your helmet visor is a simple wet and wipe process. Luckily, the internal side of the visor has an anti-fog coating, while the exterior side has an anti-scratch coating. Considering the cleanser, you must always go for milder cleansers as harsh ones can cause damage to the coatings.
In case there’s a dead bug or thicker dust particle stuck to your visor, never wipe it off with fingers or dry cloth/tissue as it will lead to more scratches and smears. Always go for a wet-wipe process to clean the visor surface. Furthermore, it is always advisable to take off the visor from the helmet to ease the cleaning process.
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What can I use to clean my helmet visor?
Safe cleansers to use :
- Window cleaner
- Special visor cleaner
- Plain water
- Baby shampoo
Safe clothes to wipe:
- Microfiber cloth
- Non-abrasive rag
They are spray and wipe types of liquid cleansers specially made for cleaning glass surfaces. Moreover, they are easily available, inexpensive, and have versatile uses, including cleaning your visor. To get rid of the sticky surface, spray them on the visor and let it sit for about 10 minutes. This will loosen the dried bugs and dust, making it easier to wipe off. Only clean microfiber cloths are suitable for wiping and no other soft cloth.
If the visor doesn’t have many bugs or dirt, plain water with mild baby shampoo will work best. Simply add few drops of baby shampoo into warm water and soak the cloth into it. Further, spread the cloth on the visor and let it soften the dirt. After 10 minutes, scrub in back and forth and circular motion without applying much pressure. Repeat the process twice or until the soapy finish disappears and the visor will shimmer.
The easiest way to clean the helmet visor is to take it off and soak it in soapy water. Add some mild shampoo into warm water and immerse the visor for about 10 minutes. Take it out and rinse under clear water until the shampoo disappears. Drip dry the helmet visor and use a non-abrasive cloth to get rid of watermarks.
Few more tips to remember-
Special visor cleaners are also available in the market, but they don’t prove to be efficient enough and are expensive.
While selecting the spray cleaner, ensure that it has no oils, as they leave spots on the surface, making it even worse to clean. Interestingly, alcohol-based sprays serve as the best option. They prove to be effective when it comes to cleaning. Moreover, they evaporate faster, resulting in quick drying.
Always a microfiber cloth is to be used for wiping the helmet visor. Non-abrasive rags prevent scratches and offer a smooth, shiny look. Make sure to wash the rag after every use to keep it clean.
Are you planning for a long ride?
While on long rides, it’s merely impossible to engage in a long cleaning process and to find appropriate cleaning material. So be smart to carry your own visor cleaner for convenient cleaning.
All you’ll need is water, mild shampoo, and a small spray bottle. Mix the water and shampoo together and pour your self-made solvent into a spray bottle. Further, you’ll need a rag for wiping. Carry this simple, handy combo while riding for long durations on two wheels to ensure safe cleaning.
Here’s an amazing way to permanently protect your helmet visor –
If you lack the patience to engage in such long processes to clean your visor, there’s a wonderful way to permanently protect your visor from scratches and dust. Luckily, the ceramic coating is the best time-saving option to safeguard the helmet visor against damages. Furthermore, it is widely available and isn’t expensive. Many companies manufacture an easy-to-use DIY kit for easy installation.
Avalon King has come up with one such coating, named Armor. This one proves to be an effective solution to protect your visor. Generally, two coats of spraying are enough to protect your helmet visors.
How do I defog my helmet visor?
One of the frequent problems faced by riders is fogging up of visors, especially while riding in cold weather. This seems annoying when you need to take the helmet off, wipe the fog in the middle of the ride until you can view the front clearly.
To ease your rides in cold weather, we’ve come up with some effective Anti-fog solutions that will defog your visors and facilitate continuous riding.
- Pinlock visors :
Luckily, the pin-lock visor can be fitted on the inner side of helmet visors. This is a lens made up of transparent material that absorbs moisture collected inside the helmet. It reduces the temperature difference to the lowest facilitating a clear outside view.
- Anti-fog spray:
These sprays are made up of several detergents and rubbing alcohol that prevent visors from getting misty. However, they prove to be a temporary solution to the foggy issues as they aren’t effective for a longer duration. You’ll have to spray before every ride. However, this is much better than taking off the helmet every time to wipe the fog off.
- Anti-fog coating :
Interestingly, these coatings prove to be a better solution than anti-fog sprays as they last longer. Mostly, they are made up of water-repellent chemicals. 1- 2 years, although the effectiveness decreases with time. These coatings restrict the condensation of water, thus keeping the visors fog-free.
These are some tried and tested solutions to help you out with foggy and misty helmet visors. Try them out to make your rides comfortable and enjoyable.
This is all you need to know about cleaning and protecting your precious Helmet Visor. So the next time you go for the cleaning process, keep in mind the hazards and dangers that may be caused unintentionally. Take care of your visor, and it will take your care. Have a safe ride!
1.How do you clean plastic visors?
You can clean your plastic visor by soaking it in soapy water and cleaning it with a soft cloth. After cleaning, make sure to dry the visor with a soft, clean, and dry towel.
2.What can I use to clean my helmet visor?
It may vary from helmet to helmet that what will you need to clean your visor but generally, you need a cleaner, cloth, and plain water to rinse the visor, followed by a dry towel to rub the visor.