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September 26th, 2007, 04:56 AM   #1
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Helmet smell

I've got a three year old helmet, and I ride Supermoto once a week. The helmet has now aquired a not very attractive smell of sweat. Is it possible to remove this? How do you wash a helmet? The lining is obviously not removable.

Will I have to throw it away?
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September 26th, 2007, 05:46 AM   #2
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RE: Helmet smell

I wash mine with shampoo and it seems to work fine.
If the lining comes out, great. If not, squeeze out what you can and leave it in front
of a dehumidifier if you have one. It will take 1-2 days to completely dry out.
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September 26th, 2007, 08:49 AM   #3
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I put mine in the dishwasher and it could not get any cleaner inside or out!
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September 26th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #4
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what's that heated dry cycle do for it, fritz?
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September 26th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #5
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Has not effected my helmet or my sons.
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September 27th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #6
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Shampoo it is then. I'll have a go
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Febreze that bad boy !
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I can pull the lining out of my AGV helmet. Very convenient. I wash it in the washing machine with a consumer solution of benzalkonium chloride (brand name Rodalon over here).

You want to kill the germs on it.

Synthetic fabrics tend to pick up sweat stench more than natural fibers. I believe this is because the germs that cause the smell find it easier to live and stay put on the synthetic threads, while natural fibers have evolved some resistance - making it harder for the germs to hang on and multiply on natural fibers.

At any rate, when any smelly fabric is washed, the smelly chemical products from the germs are washed away. And the thing smells better. However, if the germs or their spores are still there, they are ready to go to start making the bad smells again.

Soap kills some of them by breaking up the fatty cell wall membrane. Liquid disinfectants kill them (e.g. benzalkonium chloride, same as is used in contact lens solution albeit more diluted), high heat kills them, and ultraviolet light kills them (the sun).

Given that the liner is pretty sensitive to heat probably, I wash in a two-stage program: First the benzalkonium disinfectant, either in a prewash program or in a 30-minute soak. Then a brief detergent or mild soap cycle. Then drying in a dryer helps (heat kills them, plus the germs like to multiply in moisture - get the stuff dry and you have less germs). And for some articles that are OK to sit in sunlight for a bit, I sometimes hang to dry outside.

After this sort of treatment, the gear smells fresh and crisp.
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(I think Febreze only masks odors - doesn't get rid of them. This can be worth it if smells just cannot be gotten completely rid of.)
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