Tips to Keep Your Skates in Tiptop Shape

Line of colorful skates

If you love to skate and do it regularly, it just makes sense to invest in your own pair of roller skates. Not only will you save money on skate rentals, but you can also find the perfect pair to fit your feet, skating interests, and personal style. However, once you own your own pair, you’ll need to learn how to take care of skates. Check out these skate maintenance tips from the pros at Rollerland Skate Center, where we’ve been sharing the fun of roller skating in Fort Collins for over 25 years!

Keep them clean and dry. 

Roller skates can pick up dirt, dust, and other gunk over time. To keep your skates looking great, give them a wipe down with a soft cloth after each use. If the inside of your skate boots are wet from perspiration, make sure to wipe the inside down, unlace them, and open the tongue up to allow for more air circulation so they can dry out. DO NOT use a hair dryer or place them next to a furnace, as the high heat can cause the boot to warp. 

Check for wear and tear. 

Before each use, check that your toe stops are adjusted properly. Check that wheel nuts are firmly in place and that there’s no movement between the wheel and the wheel nut. Make sure that the truck bolts are tight. 

Clean and replace parts as needed. 

Roller skate bearings must be kept clean and dry in order for your wheels to roll properly. If you give your wheels a spin and notice that they aren’t rolling as smoothly as you’d like, you may need to clean and lubricate your bearings. You should also check your wheels for wear and tear. If your wheels are just dirty, you can clean them with mild dish soap and water. If they are damaged, you should replace the wheels. Over time, you may need to replace other parts as well. You’re always welcome at our Fort Collins pro shop, whether you’re looking for skates, parts, or advice!

Now that you know how to keep roller skates in good shape, come and skate with us! We have a calendar full of fun, family-friendly events in Fort Collins that you won’t want to miss. 

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