Spring is finally here, and you know what that means–it’s time for spring cleaning! In the spirit of organization and tidiness, let’s take a look at the care and feeding something you might not always think about: your roller skates. Roller skate maintenance isn’t just good for your skates themselves. Keeping your equipment in good working order will make for a safer skate as well as an easier time maneuvering around the skate floor.
Every Time You Skate
- Wipe down the boot. A quick wipe with a soft cloth will remove debris and sweat.
- Air out your skates. Unlace them and leave them open to dry out inside. Otherwise, your foot sweat can mildew!
- Safety note: never put your skates near or on top of a heat source to dry them. This can cause them to melt or even catch fire.
- Check your wheels. They should be secured to the truck, and free of chips, cracks, and debris.
- Check your toe stops. They should be secured to the boot. If they are adjustable, make sure they’re still in the position you like.
- Check your truck. This is the metal part underneath the skate that holds the wheels. Most beginner and even intermediate skaters will want this to be nice and tight. Even if you loosen it for more maneuverability, make sure it’s not so loose that it’s going to fall off.
Roller skates are an investment, but with proper care, they pay off quickly. Take care of your skates and they will take care of you for years of fun at Skate World Pasadena!