WASH & CARE

Because motorcycle clothing is somewhat different from regular sportswear, the wash & care requirements are different, as well. Simply follow the instructions you’ll find attached or supplied along with the product to keep your items in top condition for years of riding pleasure.

TEXTILE CARE

Never use cleaning products that contain bleach, solvents or other chemical products. Nor should you use washing powder. Never scrub waterproof or breathable membranes. Do not expose waterproof or breathable membranes to intense heat or prolonged direct sunlight.  Always consult the wash and care label found inside your textile gear before washing. If you’re in doubt of how to properly maintain your gear, check the inner label.

  • Before washing, remove all the detachable inner liners and armors.
  • Close all zippers and hook-&-loop fixtures to avoid damaging other fabrics on your garment.
  • Your textile and waterproof garments should be cleaned with mild detergents only. This should gently remove the stains without risk of damaging the membranes and breathable fabrics.
  • You can wash your textile garments with waterproof and breathable membranes in the washing machine. Wash them separately on maximum 30° Celsius, on a gentle cycle
  • NEVER use any fabric softeners. They destroy the functionality of the membrane.
  • Hang out to drip dry your textile garment at room temperature. DO NOT dry in a dryer.
  • Each material is unique and requires its own method of maintenance. Pay close attention to – and follow – the instructions to avoid unnecessary damage and to keep your garment in top form for years to come.

LEATHER CARE

Never use cleaning products that contain bleach, solvents or other chemical products. Before using any cleaning product, try it at a discrete part of your garment to see how the product reacts to the leather. If you are content with the result, proceed with the cleaning. Always respect the washing labels in your leather garment. Never wash or dry clean leather.

  • First, remove any surface dirt with a soft-bristle brush. Then clean gently with a clean and damp (white, cotton) cloth. Don’t rub hard, or use a hard brush or abrasive materials. Allow the garment to dry in a well-ventilated room.
  • Clean with a damp cloth and some lukewarm water. Let the garment dry at room temperature, avoid direct heat sources or sunlight. Once the garment is dry, clean it with a LEATHER CLEANER, let it dry again and finish with a LEATHER CONDITIONER.
  • Each material is unique and requires its own method of maintenance. Pay close attention to – and follow – the instructions to avoid unnecessary damage and to keep your garment in top form for years to come.

CARE FOR GLOVES

It is recommended to clean and inspect the gloves after each use. Always consult the wash and care instruction for gloves before. Please keep the following instructions in mind:

  • Clean the gloves by hand using a damp cloth and do not use hot water
  • Remove difficult stains by using neutral soap or a special leather or textile cleaner
  • Do not allow your gloves to come in contact with solvents (do not use fabric softener!), petrol or cleaning agents. This could change the characteristic properties (e.g. the color) of your gloves
  • Do not place your gloves near, or let your gloves get into contact with a direct heat source or direct sunlight, otherwise the material will become stiff
  • Do not use a washing machine, dry cleaning or high pressure devices to clean the product, as high temperature and pressure may damage the product
  • It is recommended that you store the gloves in a dry and well ventilated environment, out of sunlight and away from direct heat sources
  • Make sure that your gloves are completely dry before you store them. When gloves are stored wet or in a non-ventilated area, this may cause deformations and damage your gloves.

LEATHER
GLOVES

We recommend you care your leather gloves after each use. Here are some suggestions to keep your gloves in top condition:

  • Wearing non-waterproof gloves in the rain is not recommended
  • If leather gloves become wet, dry them naturally
  • Do not place your leather gloves near, or let your leather gloves get into contact with a direct heat source or direct sunlight, otherwise the leather will become stiff
  • To care for your leather gloves, use mild LEATHER CLEANER & CONDITIONER or a neutral and colorless leather cream.

TEXTILE
GLOVES

We recommend you care your textile gloves after each use. Here are some suggestions to keep your gloves in top condition:

  • Textile gloves may contain leather parts. Such gloves should be treated as leather gloves
  • For waterproof gloves: avoid contact with sharp objects that may puncture the waterproof insert of the gloves
  • To care for your textile gloves, use mild soap solution or neutral & colorless soap solutions to wash & air-dry.

Do not use a washing machine, dry cleaning or high-pressure devices to clean the product, as high temperature and pressure may damage the product.

CARE FOR BOOTS

PRESSURE WASHERS DESTROY BOOTS!

Did you realize that nothing destroys your boots faster than a pressure washer? We like to explain this by reminding customers that moto boots aren’t made of anything special. It’s just leather, permeated with a leather treament during manufacturing which helps keep them soft (comfortable) and provides waterproofing. As soon as you blast your boots with a pressure washer you lift the grain of the leather and wash out all of that goodness. They then dry-out and you have successfully halved their lifespan. Dry boots also means dry stitching which makes for brittle stitching and premature boot failure.

  • Just mildly wet the boots then use a soft scrubbing brush to get rid of the dirt & debris.
  • Check the screws – Most boot buckles are held on with screws and they come loose. The leading cause of buckle replacements is not breakage but screws falling out. Keep them tight and consider using some thread locker if they keep coming loose.
  • Look after the leather by treating it regularly with a leather treatment. These are readily available in the market. This treatment also helps to keep your boots waterproof.
  • Use a lubricant spray (some can be harm-full to leather and plastics so read the label) to spray the boot buckles (metal) after each ride to disperse water and help prevent corrosion.
  • Ensure your boots dry properly after each ride to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

CARE FOR MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

Motorcycle helmets are meant to be used, all of the time — rain, sunny days, muddy off-beats, hot summers, etc. It has the most important job (protecting your skull and its contents) and is constantly exposed to the rigor environment of the road. Knowing how to clean and maintain your motorcycle helmet will not only keep your face with a clean & well-maintained interior lining, but also will work to extend the overall lifetime of your helmet.

These are the steps on how to clean a motorcycle helmet. However, it is also a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for specifics pertaining to cleaning your helmet, just to be sure you are not doing anything that voids the manufacturer’s warranty!

  • Cleaning materials
  1. Microfiber rags
    These are great for washing a motorcycle helmet, as well as cleaning a face shield. While they don’t always have to be new, you should always start with a clean rag. Any dirt particles trapped in the rag increase the risk that you will rough up the exterior finish on the helmet during the cleaning process.
  2. Soft bristle brush
    A cheap toothbrush with soft bristles is all you need to help clean the nooks, corners and crevices that the microfiber rags cannot reach. This can prove especially useful when cleaning around your motorcycle helmet face shield gaskets and vents.
  3. Baby shampoo (neutral shampoo)
    Do not use any petroleum-based solution to clean your helmet. Baby shampoo is an often-used option, due to its gentle & neutral nature.
  4. Warm water
    Warm water is best for washing a motorcycle helmet as it allows you to gently loosen dirt and dead bugs without harming any of the helmet materials.

Compressed air (optional)
If you have access to an air compressor, dialing back the pressure and using a few strategic blasts is a great way to clean motorcycle helmet air vents. Be careful not to use air from an aerosol can, as that will erode the EPS liner in the helmet and degrade its protective capabilities.

  • Remove any electronics and external accessories
    It sounds incredibly basic, but is all too often overlooked until it’s too late. Before you wash a motorcycle helmet, you should be sure to remove any internal electronic accessories such as microphones, antennas, batteries, and the Bluetooth communicator units that they attach to. Additionally, if you’re working on a dual-sport or off-road helmet that has a peak, it is a lot easier to remove it and clean separately.
  • Remove the helmet’s interior
    While many manufacturers have slightly different designs, removing the internal liner and cheek pads rarely requires more than a few strategic tugs. In most cases, comfort pads and liners attach with snaps, but some use hook-and-loop material or even magnets.  For specifics, be sure to check your owner’s manual. Once you have removed the cheek pads and main liner, place these to the side.
  • Prepare the helmet’s outer shell
    To help loosen up the dried accumulated dirt and bugs, soak a microfiber towel in warm water and then drape it over the helmet. It’ll gently soften and dislodge stuck-on debris and reduces the effort needed to clean it later, as well as reduce the chance of scratching the helmet or face shield during the process. Allow the wet microfiber rag to remain on the helmet for a while.

(Note about Pin lock shields
When cleaning a pin lock face shield, remove the inner lens from the outer face-shield so you can clean both sides of each piece. Take special care not to damage the gasket on the inner lens as it is integral in the pin lock system working correctly.)

  1. Wipe down the internal sun shield
    If your helmet has a drop-down internal sun visor, it’s likely not very dirty. However, if it’s got bit dusty over a time of usage, a quick spray of water and wipe down with a microfiber towel will do the trick.
  2. Reassemble the helmet
    Re-assemble your helmet, starting with the dry liner and cheek-pads. Re-attach your face-shield and any other pieces that you removed prior to cleaning.
  • Clean the interior lining
    It’s often the interior of a motorcycle helmet that needs a wash the most. From face sweat to hair oil, the lining of your motorcycle helmet soaks up a lot of grime. When cleaning the lining of your motorcycle helmet, dip them in a bucket of warm water and mild neutral (baby) shampoo then dunk, light-scrub, and soft-massage each piece of your helmet liner in the soapy water. Baby shampoo works well for this task as it is ultra-gentle, yet still designed specifically to clean away sweat and hair oil.
    Let your helmet liner and cheek pads air dry. It’s always best to do this at least the night before you plan on riding so as to allow enough time to dry thoroughly.
  • Clean the motorcycle helmet’s exterior
    After removing the wet rag that you placed on the helmet, take off the face-shield and set it aside. Use a new, wet microfiber cloth to gently work your way around the exterior of the helmet and wipe away any leftover dirt. When cleaning your motorcycle helmet, always be sure to use warm water only. Certain solvents and cleaning solutions can damage the exterior of your helmet. The toothbrush will come in handy for hard-to-reach spots.
  • Blow out the vents (if needed)
    Sometimes, in the heat of riding hard, a dirt-chunk or an insect will get lodged in the vent channels of your helmet. A quick blast of from an air compressor (not an aerosol can) works well to clear the pathways and let the air flow freely again.
  • Clean the face-shield
    Most modern face-shields have some sort of protective coating (mainly for UV protection and anti-fog). For that reason, you should never use anything other than warm water when cleaning a motorcycle face-shield. For care instructions specific to your face shield, be sure to check out the owner’s manual to ensure you do not void any manufacturer warranties. In the end, the best way is simply to use a wet microfiber cloth and gently massage away any dirt, dust, or smudges. Also just like with the helmet exterior, leaving a wet rag draped over the face-shield for few minutes softens up the dry stains and makes cleaning much easier.

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