The Motorex Active Foam works well to get your bike helmet clean and smelling fresh.
Okay, no schoolboy jokes about helmet care, please. This stuff really works. Judging by the picture on the front, it is aimed primarily at motorcyclists, but it works equally well with cycling helmets.
What you do is spray the stuff and it immediately foams up. It looks like hair mousse, if you're the sort of metrosexual individual who knows about such things. You leave it to work its magic for a couple of minutes then wipe it off with a dry cloth. Easy-peasy.
The foam lifts off dirt and grime and it's antibacterial, meaning that if you leave the padding a bit sweaty, you won't come back a few days later to find new life forms breeding on it. That can be a problem if you store your bike kit somewhere damp, like a garage, for example.
Why would you not just take the pads out and sling them in the washing machine? Well, you can do that as well, but you can't clean the helmet straps and the shell itself that way. You can wash those in the sink, of course, but this is a whole lot easier.
I've used the foam on bike shoes too. The manufacturers don't list this as an application but you just can't stop me sometimes when the cleaning bug takes hold. I'm never happy about taking a scrubbing brush to expensive footwear; this does the job well, leaving them looking and smelling a whole lot fresher.
You'll get dozens of uses out of this 200ml can.
Spray it on, wipe it off and you've got yourself a clean bike helmet - simple.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Motorex Helmet Care
Size tested: 200ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Motorex say, "Cleaning and care foam for helmet interior padding and helmet. Cleans, deodorizes and protects. Removes contaminants quickly and effectively. Refreshes colors. Also used for removable padding. Leaves a pleasant, fresh scent."
Yup, that just about sums it up.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does exactly what it's supposed to do.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It's antibacterial, which is especially useful if you leave your bike helmet somewhere that can be damp, like a shed or garage.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.