Why is Welding Helmet Care & Maintenance Important?

Article By: Australian Welding Supplies (AWS)

Your welding helmet protects your face and eyes while you weld. But what protects your welding helmet?

Welders work in tough conditions every day; hot, humid and dirty environments and constant exposure to welding fume can have a significant impact on the service life of your welding helmet. In helping to protect your helmet against the elements, carrying out a regular welding helmet care and maintenance schedule is recommended.

Caring for your 3M™ Speedglas™ welding helmet can also have a positive impact on performance and protection. Regularly changing your cover lenses when they become damaged or pitted helps maintain clear vision – meaning more precise welds and less time grinding or reworking. Inspecting your welding helmet for cracks or other impact damage helps ensure your helmet is providing the correct protection and complies with relevant Australian & New Zealand Standards.

When it comes to auto darkening welding helmets with respiratory protection, consumables and respiratory filters must be changed at suitable intervals to maintain the desired level of protection. If you are welding with a Speedglas™ 9100 respiratory welding helmet with 3M™ Adflo™ PAPR this means monitoring the condition of your particle filter, pre-filter, spark arrestor or optional gas filter for particle breakthrough or damage. It is important to remember never to clean your Adflo filters using compressed air, as this may puncture small holes in the filter – meaning it will no longer effectively filter particles and provide you with adequate protection.

We understand this may be a lot to take in at once, so we have built a custom Care & Maintenance Tool to help assist you in understanding what needs cleaning, checking and replacing and how often. Simply select your 3M welding helmet from the list and we’ll send you a customised care & maintenance schedule & cleaning guide just for you including a welding mask breakdown with all spare parts and recommended change frequencies. Just print it off as a poster for home or the workshop!

Find your customised Care & Maintenance Poster

Along with a regular welding helmet care schedule, there are a number of ways you can protect your welding helmet during everyday use. We offer a range of extra protection accessories including welding helmet covers, safety helmet covers and welding helmet storage bags.

Use our Spare Part Finder Tool to find extra protection for your helmet

Alternatively, take the hassle out of Care & Maintenance by booking in your welding helmet or 3M™ Adflo™ respirator for a professional clean and service. Minimise downtime by sending your welding equipment off-site and let trained professionals do the work for you.

Book a welding helmet and respirator clean and service

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