Ride in the rain...
Sponge down with warm water and good quality "sensitive skin" dishwashing detergent, e.g.Palmolive, then rinse well. Works for me.
Get yourself some wool wash that has eucalyptus as the agent.
Small amount in a bucket with water, cold so you don't get colour runs,and soak the straps for a few hours.
Position helmet so only straps hang in the liquid.
Let dry on line.
Eucalyptus is a natural anti bacterial.
I use it for all sorts of cleaning/stain removal.
Great advice being given.
Mine is new so I don't need it just yet but I was going to ask why do they make the straps so long. I've got so much excess bundled up. What am I supposed to do with it? Who do they think they make helmets for, the elephant man?
lol @ Angus.
Snip and melt.
@Gus - believe me some aren't long enough for some of my clients!!!
Snip and melt - ive been meaning to do this for ages on my 2 personal helmets.....
Pardon my naivety - I understand the snip part but melt???
@Adam - the straps will fray if you dont sew or melt the ends.
once cut use a lighter...carefully so not as to scorch your whole helmet...to melt the strap end.
While it is still hot/soft mould it with fingers for a neat finish.
Thanks for the clarification Matt - much appreciated!
"foss" strap technique Matt B :P
and that cushiony bit doesn't fit under my chin, ends up being off centre! I ended up taking it off, and I tuck the excess strap under the rim of my helemt so it doesn't flap around. I never thought about cutting it off!
I soak the bottom half of helmet in a bowl filled with luke warm water and also wool wash.
I leave it to try slowly so straps dont get hard but wool wash is great for that and low allergy.
So basically like most others on here do.
Alternatively, buy a new one and keep the economy active.