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Old 08-15-02, 04:48 PM
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Helmet getting funky!! Help me kill da funk!

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My helmet is gettin'....funky! It doesn't have a removable liner, so should I just use a wet towel/soap? Lysol? Spray and Wash?

Any Funk-B-Gone products out there?!

It's gettin' bad! Help me kill da funk!

Thanks!

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Old 08-15-02, 05:54 PM
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Da funk can neva' diie!!
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Old 08-15-02, 06:58 PM
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Yo,


Dis funk best be dyin', I was puttin' on my Troy Lee Stickahs and my eyes be waterin' and ****!

Da Funk must be sunk!

The stank is rank!

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Old 08-15-02, 10:19 PM
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Thats not funk, its character.
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Get a clean, dry newspaper. Stuff the helmet with crumpled pages. Put the stuffed helmet outside overnight. Change pages and repeat until funk is gone. Don't leave the helmet in direct sunlight.
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Yo,


Woah, you serious?! I'll hafta buy a newspaper...

Cool, thanks!

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sounds like instructions for turning your helmet into a home for chipmunks...


try some febreeze, or this stuff--
http://www.allenslaw.com/hf.html

or at least some lysol or something. the funk is caused by bacteria, you have to kill that stuff.
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Old 08-17-02, 12:13 AM
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go get some hospital spray type disfenctant. spray ut in there and then let it dry before you wear it again. It'll kill ALL bacteria that's camping out there. When it's gone so is the funk. Good for funk in your shoes too.
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I've actually washed my my Simpson Voyager helmet in the sink with diluted dishwashing liquid and a scrub brush. Rinse very well. Let dry for a few days. Lo and behold the funk was gone!
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I now wear a helmet balaclava to keep da funk down to a minimum when wearing my NEW Bell M3 SA2000 helmet!
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Originally posted by rswst8
sounds like instructions for turning your helmet into a home for chipmunks...
No, that would include a small TV, some chairs and a few walnuts.

Originally posted by RarestRX
Yo, Woah, you serious?! I'll hafta buy a newspaper...
Dry newspaper and fresh air is an old motorcyclist trick, that should get rid of the smell at least temporarily. But chipmunk-boy is partially correct-- the odor can, and probably is caused by bacteria. However you may have mold and/or mildew growing in there as well.

If you want to be thorough about it, you need to find a some type of cleaner with a disinfectant that won't attack the shell or other parts of your helmet. Since you don't necessarily know what the helmet manufacturer used to construct the helmet, the easiest thing to do is call them and ask for a funk-cleaning-solution suggestion.

Now, let's assume that you've got your helment clean, dry, and odor-free. The next thing you want to do is minimize the chance of new funk. First, after taking off your helmet make sure it's got a dry and well ventilated place to sit. You could also try wearing a headsock, which transfers a lot of the cleaning problem to something you can throw in the washer.

If you just happen to sweat a lot from your head, and your helmet is just not getting the time to dry out in between uses, you could try getting another helmet and alternating the one that you use. Look for one with better flow through ventilation, so that it has a better chance of airing out while you use it.
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This is interesting. All this crap i need to know when i start racin'!!!! This place is so informative!!! Thanks y'all.
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Lysol = funk-be-gone!
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Spraying Lysol in there seems like it could make the helmet stink, irritate your eyes, or irritate your skin when you put it on again. Helmets don't last forever; perhaps it is time for a new one.

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put a SNUGGLE DRYER SHEET inside the helmet, leave it till the day before you need it and then remove it..


IT WORKS!!

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wash those stinky dreads
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Just this weekend I lightly sprayed the helmet with simple green and scrubbed the funk with paper towel. Let it sit out for a day. Next day sprayed it with Lysol disenfectant multi purpose cleaner and scrubbed the funk some more with paper towel. Let sit out all day.

It doesn't smell like simple green or Lysol. It smells like NOMEX. De funk, it gone! I put the helmet on and my eyes and skin are fine.

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As another note Max has a good point. I might spray some water and wipe in there and make sure there's no simple green or lysol residue in there.
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Old 08-20-02, 04:45 PM
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i have some stuff made especially for helmets.
cleans and makes them smell great.
i'm at work now and don't remember the name.
i'll be back tommorrow with the name.
i don't like all the other attemps at helmet cleaning and this crap i 've got works great.
old age just has my memory gone to hell these days......
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shampoo occasionally? most race approved helmets have a removable liner. if not the sink idea except with woolite would be best. kill the funk and make everything shiny again.
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Yo,


Update on Helmet Funk:

I bought some Lysol "Citrus Scent" Sanitizing wipes, basically pre-moistened towlettes.

I used about 4 of 'em on the inside of the helmet, they're pretty wet to it soaked in the fabric nicely. Scrubbed at the pads, hopefully removing the salt stains (and funk!) from them. I've left the used ones in the helmet, and will let them permeate overnight.

So for, so good!

Thanks for everyone's advice!

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u can defunk pretty much anything that retains water with some febreeze a small closed off room and a dehumidifier. i sprayed my subwoofer box down (long story on why it smelt) put it in my bathroom closed the windows/vents and left it in there with the dehumidifier on high for a day and smells fine now. oh yea put a napkin or something with baking soda close by so it absorbs trhe smell works well
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shave your head and rub some of that new pitstick on your head that stuff with the POWERSTRIPE! THAT KEEPS ODORS OUT!! or something liek that...
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Old 09-16-02, 01:53 PM
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Be careful when using Febreeze: It WILL DELAMINATE some fabrics (for example the fabric headliners of some cars (the droopy ceiling effect!)) and I would imagine it could have the same effect on certain helmet fabrics.... (fabric comes loose from foam)
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