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How to Clean a Scorpion Exo Motorcycle Helmet

Updated on July 13, 2012

How I Cleaned My Scorpion Exo Helmet

The helmet in the following pictures are from my “brand new to me” Scorpion Exo Helmet. This helmet is Snell certified. Most helmets like this will run $150-$300 new online. Believe it or not, I was able to snag this helmet on craigslist for a whooping $40.

Even though the outer shell was dirty and actually slimy to the touch and the inner liners were significantly stained (with a mysterious odor), after a solid good clean this baby is good as new and I still have money in the bank!

I wanted to outline how I cleaned my Exo helmet so you can do the same for yours and make it look like-new. Check out the guide below and the before and after photos at the end.

Scorpion Exo Helmet
Scorpion Exo Helmet

Step by Step Cleaning Guide

1) Take before pictures so you can be extra satisfied with your cleaning efforts at the end!

2) The best way to clean the outside shell of your helmet is to use warm water and soap on a paper towel. Rub dry at the end. Do not use solvents of any type of household chemical/cleaning agents.

3) There are typically three (3) inner liner pieces that can easily be removed. Gently feel behind the liner until you have found what feels like a snap. Be sure to not rip the fabric/foam and make sure if snaps free. There should be the top of the head liner and two side liners. You are free to throw these pieces in the washing machine for a good clean. Do not put them in the dryer. Allow them to air dry. *Be sure you get a picture of these as well. This will probably show the most dramatic cleaning difference.

4) Remove the shield/visor. Be sure you use a soft paper towel and try to “pat” as opposed to “wipe” to avoid premature wear and scratching.

5) After your inner liners are clean and dry, snap the pieces back in place

6) Go for a nice clean ride!

Pro Cleaning Tips

Not that one method is better than another, but here is the method we used to wipe the helmet down.

First, we gave it a scrub down using baby wipes (yes, you read that right!). Second, we used a soapy warm water paper towel to wash the shell. We followed that with a warm, clean paper towel rub down and then dried it with dry paper towels.

When we were done, the helmet had a wonderful, clean shine to it. This method also ripped through those squished bugs that are nasty hard to get off!

Other Pro Tips:

When rubbing the helmet down, be meticulous. Get between every crevasse and crack.

Run your paper towels in the direction of the natural helmet contours. No, doing big circles isn't the best cleaning method here.

If you have your owners manual, refer to that first for initial instruction.

Before and After - Exterior

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Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)Just SOME of the dirt we took off the exterior
Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)
Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)
Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)
Dirty Exterior of Helmet (before)
Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)
Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)
Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)
Cleaned Helmet exterior (after)
Just SOME of the dirt we took off the exterior
Just SOME of the dirt we took off the exterior

Interior of Helmet

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Interior Helmet - gross!Interior Helmet shell padding
Interior Helmet - gross!
Interior Helmet - gross!
Interior Helmet shell padding
Interior Helmet shell padding

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