Iridium visors or mirrors are probably the coolest-looking visors out there, and they come in some color variants that also look damn good. However, there’s another side to the coin; it’s super easy to get scratches on this visor. It looks terrible with those scratches all over the visor.
That is why it’s a must to maintain it and know how to clean the iridium visor on a regular basis, along with the helmet itself. And we are going to help you take care of your visor to make it last longer and shine brighter! There’s also a ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of iridium visor at the end of the post that’ll help you to maintain it better, so stay tuned!
How to Clean Iridium Visor
So, you get a new helmet with an iridium visor or a new iridium or mirror visor for your helmet. And it’s been a while you got that, and you feel like this must be a good time to clean the visor. Cleaning it will eventually expand the lifespan of the visor, not to mention these aren’t so cheap. So, you gotta be extra cautious with these iridium visors.
Step-1: Check the manufacturer's guide
First of all, I’ll tell you you should check out the manufacturer guide before you start cleaning your helmet. Depending on the helmet producer and model, there might be some anti-fog coating or UV coating on the visor. The last thing you want to do with your helmet is void its warranty and also ruin the visor.
So first, check out what the maker has to say about cleaning this shield.
Step:-2: Remove the visor from the helmet
You have to detach the visor before you start cleaning the face shield. It’ll become so difficult and unreasonable to clean the visor without removing it from the helmet. If you have scratches on the visor, the How To Clean Helmet Visor Scratches post will help you out here.
Back to the topic, for the Pinlock insert lens, detach it from the visor before cleaning it, or the anti-fog treatment might get damaged. You also need to know what you shouldn’t do at all to your precious iridium face shield. Otherwise, the shield might get damaged, or you might end up with a visor covered with even more scratches than earlier.
Before you start any cleaning that includes water or liquid cleaning agent, be sure to remove the electronics from your Bluetooth Helmet.
Step-3: Preparation of cleaning
You should absolutely avoid cleaning products containing ammonia or rough cleaning products. Even for the interior, you shouldn’t use anything more than mild shampoos or baby shampoo like Johnson’s or Cetaphil. And do not start wiping the visor surface with a dry paper towel or cloth, you’ll definitely get some scratches if you do that. Specially, if you own a sports helmet, you needs to be more careful about cleaning.
Instead, get some soft microfiber cloths you can also get a mild visor or Goggle Cleaner if you want to. You need to wet all the hard dirt particles and bug guts from the shield’s outer surface. To do that, wet the microfiber cloth and let it sit over the visor. It’ll soften the dirt and bug guts from the surface. Also, check out our detailed post about How to Clean Bugs off Helmet Visor?to effectively deal with the bugs.
Step-4: Cleaning the iridium visor
Now that the dirty particles on the visor are softened wash it with warm water if the manufacturer says you can do that. And gently wipe the visor with a dry and clean microfiber cloth. Be further cautious because you are dealing with an iridium one. It’ll take care of most of the cleaning, and you shouldn’t really get ahead of yourself and apply the cleaning products if it’s already cleaned.
Yes, you can use some visor or glass cleaning products but make sure they don’t contain any ammonia.
Or even petroleum-related materials and alcohol might ruin the visor, especially when talking about an iridium face shield. Something like Muc-off Visor cleaner works great here
Dos’ of cleaning iridium visor
- Clean the visor often
- Use mild shampoos to clean
- Be careful opening or closing the front face shield
- Store the helmet properly after every ride
- Use a helmet bag to carry or store helmet
- Take care of the visor
Don’ts of cleaning iridium visor
- Don’t wipe the visor with gloves on
- Don’t wipe the visor with a paper towel or hard cloth
- Don’t use strong cleaning products (containing ammonia)
- Don’t let the dirt and bug get harden on the visor
Scratches on the iridium visor can be a pain; they look awful and are really hard to avoid. But if you can take decent care of the helmet, it can last way longer.
So, there you go; I think this should take care of the mirror visor’s cleaning process and a clear or a smoked visor. And face shields usually have a decent lifespan if you maintain them on a regular basis.
Take care of your helmet visors frequently, and they’ll provide you with decent performance. Take care and keep the wheels rolling!!