Look after your lid: Best motorcycle helmet maintenance products

What should you use to clean visors and goggles
What should you use to clean visors and goggles
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Helmet maintenance products are often overlooked by bikers, even though a motorcycle helmet is one of the most important – and expensive – investments you can make.

It needs to be cleaned, maintained, sanitised, protected and more – but what sort of treatments are available, what do they do and how much do they cost?

Here’s our current pick of some of the best helmet maintenance products:

Price: $30.99

If you're tired of cleaning your helmet and visor with pieces of tissue or the sleeve of your shirt, then this helmet maintenance kit's for you. Comprising a 30ml antibacterial, biodegradable cleaning spray along with a premium-quality microfibre cloth, used together they quickly remove dust, mud, insects, soot and oily residue from visors, lenses and goggles, leaving a streak-free finish. It's also compact and easily portable, making it ideal for taking with you on a ride.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Fairly small quantity

This comprehensive travel care kit comprises all you need to keep your helmet clean and fresh. There's a helmet and visor cleaner that won a Recommended tag from sister title RiDE, an anti-fog spray, a helmet sanitiser, three lint-free polishing cloths, four visor wipes and even a 'bug buster' visor sponge, all in a neat, compact zipped pouch.

Pros

  • Everything you need
  • Neat pouch
  • Works well

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
Price: $21.56

There are no anti-fog inserts available for drop-down sun visors, sunglasses or spectacles that riders may need to wear. But these can fog up just as easily, or even more so, than the inside of the visor. So how can this be rectified? With something like this anti-fog spray from Muc-Off.

Read our full review of the Muc-Off Premium Anti-Fog Spray here.
Price: £7.39

Motul's M2 Helmet Interior Clean is a spray-on helmet-lining cleaner with great reviews and provides gentle and deep cleaning of the helmet pad, disinfects and removes odours and is dermatologically tested. Simply spray on, let it get to work and wait for it to dry out. Spray contains 250ml.

Pros

  • Effective
  • Easy to use
  • Good value

Cons

  • Can take a while to dry out

Another kit comprising a specially formulated, spray-on visor and helmet cleaner which comes complete with a quality microfibre cleaning cloth that together, are designed to give repeated streak and scratch-free cleaning.

Simply spray it on, wipe it off and that’s it or, if heavily soiled, leave the fluid to work for about a minute before wiping clean. The cloth is also machine washable and the two together are compact and easy to store on journeys away.

Pros

  • Effective
  • Easy to use
  • compact

Cons

  • Not as cheap as some
Price: £10.99

The classic rubber, finger attachment that works almost like a windscreen wiper on your hand. Tried and tested over many years, they're a must-have if you're likely to ride through grime or rain, are durable and affordable, and now come with a hand wrist strap to prevent accidentally losing them. Check which size you need, as they come in a variety.

Pros

  • Brilliant for keeping your visor clean on-bike
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Easily mislaid

A more comprehensive helmet care kit from respected British brand Oxford Products comprises 50ml of helmet and visor cleaner, 50ml of anti-fog spray treatment, 100ml of sanitiser and a microfibre cloth all in a handy, compact case.

Pros

  • Comprehensive kit
  • Comes in case
  • Good price

Cons

  • Not as compact as some
Price: £6.99

Another effective but compact bottle (65ml) of visor cleaner that comes with a quality microfibre cloth and that can be kept in a bag in a pocket, rucksack or even under your bike's seat. Just spray directly onto your visor and polish off with the cloth provided for a sleek, streak-free shine.

Pros

  • Bargain price
  • Easy to use
  • Compact

Cons

  • Lesser-known brand
Price: £9.45

Spray-on visor treatment that helps to disperse water, causing it to 'bead' off the visor, so helping to keep it clean and maximise your visibility in all weathers. Canister size - 125ml - is a perfect compromise between being sufficient for a long trip away but still remaining easily portable and 'packable'. It's good value, too and won RiDE's visor-treatment test.

Read our full, comprehensive review of the Nikwax Visor Proof here.

Pros

  • Effective
  • Easy to use
  • Cheap and portable

Cons

  • Easy to over-use

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