Everything needs some cleaning eventually, as long as it is an object or equipment that gets used every day. The same applies to motocross goggles. These goggles are very vital as they protect the eyes from flying objects as you speed down a road on your dirt bike. Therefore it only makes perfect sense that they are taken care of as often as possible. The following are some of the ways you can achieve this.
Owing to the delicate nature of the lenses used in these kinds of goggles, cleaning has to be done in a careful manner to avoid damaging some important parts without which the goggles would be useless. The following are the steps you should follow to ensure this is done the right way.
STEP 1: Blow into the inside of the goggles to get rid of the dust and any debris that may be inside there. Motocross goggles tend to pick up a lot of dust along the way, and if you stay for too long without checking on them, then they are bound to have some tiny pebbles and rocks. These may scratch the inside of the goggles destroying the anti-fogging layer; that is why you need to blow them away as the first step.
STEP 2: Emerse the lens into a bowl of water and let it settle in a little. This will help get rid of any other dust that may have been stuck on the inside of the lens. The main aim here is to minimize the need to use a wiping cloth on the inner part of the lens as the anti-fogging coating can get dislodged in the process rendering the goggles unusable.
STEP 3: Take the goggles out of the water and let them dry on their own, or to make the process faster, use a blower slowly until you are satisfied with the dryness. Again, it is important to reiterate that you should avoid using a cloth on the inside of the goggles. Avoiding any physical contact with the inner part is highly recommended.
STEP 4: Once it is dry, apply a clear plastic cover over the outer side of the lens called a pair off to stop dust from sticking on the surfaces of the lens. This slayer can be removed at any time, and they usually come with extra ones when purchased. They do a very good job of keeping the lens cleaner for much longer.
Step 5: Your custom motocross goggles are now clean and ready to use. If you don’t plan to go out riding afterward, then simply tuck them into their designated bag for safekeeping until the need for them arises.
You should never use silicone-based cleaners as they are corrosive; they will peel off the anti-fogging coating on the inside. Stick to normal water.
Hand sanitizers are also a big no as they contain alcohol, which again is not good for the inner coating. If you have to use a cleaning agent, then use ordinary soap, not directly, but as a medium for creating soapy water that can be rinsed off later on.
Do not use your shirt or any other type of cloth to wipe the lens of your motocross goggles; that will spoil them and leave permanent scratches on them. Use the designated microfiber cloth that came with the goggles at purchase.
Do not use your saliva to clean the lenses either; if you have to use some form of moisture, simply breathe some warm air onto the lens and use a microfiber cloth to clean. But this should be limited to the outer covering only.
When you take care of your goggles, they will take care of you. Cleaning should not be a daily thing; it should only be limited to at least once a month, unless you fall into a pool of mud as you ride your motorcycle. The most important thing you should keep in mind is that cleaning can lead to damages; therefore, it should be handled with care.