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My son has that helmet for bicycles. Its brand new and was gifted to him recently. Unfortunately due to my mistake it was left in the backseat of our car and has accumulated some dust/lint which is making it look dirty.

I want to clean it but don't know how, I don't wish to ruin it by just trying with a wet cloth. Its surface texture is like a very high quality tennis ball and it's not the carbon fiber hard top ones that I'm used to.

Any help would be great, That helmet is beautiful and I don't want to ruin it in haste.

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    A damp (not wet) cloth is the usual way of removing lint. A lint roller might also work. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 19:59
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    Mild scrubbing with a damp rag will not hurt it. After all, the thing must be able to survive in the rain. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 23:09
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    Is this a real helmet? I've not seen cloth ones since the 80s - all modern helmets have hard plastic outer shells. To be fuzzy like a tennis ball would stop it sliding easily and it would dig in causing twist damage to the wearer?
    – Criggie
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 23:38
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    OK I'm confused. Google suggests that Atlas make Motorbike helmets and armor, but not bicycle helmets. There is a brand called Giro that have a model called Atlas, but its a regular looking helmet. "KOVFS 1992:2" is a Swedish standard for helmets. So I googled the phone number which lead me to a closed website of atlasbike.com UPSHOT I think this helmet is at least a decade old, and of a style that provides less crash protection than modern helmets. I'd replace it with a modern lid. (comment cos not an answer)
    – Criggie
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 23:52
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    Criggie that’s what I thought. I have never seen ones like that. We will clean it up and keep it on the shelf I guess Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 3:00

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I'd run it under a cold shower if the lint roller suggested in the comments (or not too sticky tape) didn't work. A helmet that can't take a cold shower can't take rain and is therefore useless unless you live in a desert (which Sweden, where it apparently comes from, isn't renowned for).

One further thing to try is a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. Ideally you'd use reduced power or open a vent hole so you don't suck too hard.

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