If you skate with us often here at Southwestern Skate in Oklahoma City, you may have taken the leap to buy your own roller skates. Owning your own skates is great because you save money on skate rental fees and are able to express yourself with whatever kind of skates you like best, even updating the wheels, laces, toe stops or plugs to get them exactly how you want.
When you rent skates, we take care of the maintenance and upkeep to ensure they are in good condition for our guests. But if you bring your own skates to the skating rink, you’ll need to do some regular maintenance to keep your roller skates in shape for a long time to come.
Fortunately there are tons of great tutorials online to help you! Check out the tips below to get started.
How to clean and maintain roller skates
- Wipe your boots down with a soft cloth after each session to remove dust and dirt.
- Make sure your boots are able to dry thoroughly by opening up the tongues and leaving them in a dry place with good air circulation. DO NOT put them near a heat source like a fireplace or woodstove, or attempt to dry them with a hair dryer. They need to air dry naturally; using heat can warp them and ruin the fit.
- Change and clean your bearings as needed.
- Examine your skates after each use. Look for damage or parts that need to be tightened.
- Are the wheels in good condition? Remember if you go from outdoor skating to indoor skating you need to change your wheels.
Remember, if you want to learn how to work on your own skates, YouTube is your friend! You can find hundreds of informative videos to teach you everything from cleaning your bearings to turning sneakers into skates.