The New Year is a time to start fresh. So why not start with your roller-skates? Your skates will last for years if you give them a little TLC. Not sure how to maintain your roller-skates? Skate World Leesburg can help.
How to Care for Roller-Skates
- Buff the boot. Want to keep your skates supple and gleaming? Take care of the boot! Dry them out when they get wet from sweat, clean them with mild soap if they get dirty, and apply leather conditioner periodically to keep your skates in top shape.
- Tighten the trucks. Roller-skate trucks attach your wheels to your boot. The trucks should fit closely to the boot, so check to make sure they’re still tight.
- Wash the wheels. Do your wheels get stuck when you skate? There’s probably a buildup of dirt and debris. Remove them and clean them in soap and water. Make sure they’re fully dry before putting them back on your skate. If your wheels get damaged, replace them ASAP. Wheels are inexpensive, come in fun colors, and can cause a serious injury if you skate on them when they’re broken.
- Batten down the bearings. If you only skate indoors, you probably don’t have to worry about skate bearings. Most bearings are maintenance-free. But if you’re an outdoor or aggressive skater, you may need to remove, clean, and lubricate your bearings every so often to guarantee peak performance.
Need new roller-skates or skate accessories? Stop by our Pro Shop at Skate World Leesburg.