Whether you enjoy for relaxation, exercise, or for the more competitive side, there is no doubt that lacing up those skates gives a certain exhilaration. Roller skating is also a great way to increase your physical activity and benefit your cardiovascular and muscular health. In order to keep roller skating, you need to make sure that you prioritize taking care of your skates. Here are three tips for keeping your roller skates problem free and enjoying those skates for years to come at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX:
The bearings of your roller skates are made of metal. Like any other metal object, your bearings need to be kept free of rust and corrosion. The best way to do this is to keep your bearings clean and dry. After you have spent a lot of time skating carefully remove and inspect your bearings. Clean any grime or accumulated rust with rubbing alcohol. Do not use dish washing soap to clean your bearings; this leaves a film that makes it difficult for the bearings to function normally.
The wheel nuts keep the wheels of your skates in place. Skating on loose wheels can be hazardous because they take away from your ability to control your momentum and direction. Therefore it is important to adjust and tighten your wheel nuts every couple of weeks. Tighten your wheel nuts so that the wheels roll smoothly and not in a wild or restricted manner.
If you enjoy roller skating frequently, you may find that your skates begin to build up odor from your sweat. In order to manage the odor, you should pay particular attention to the insole of the boot. Roller skates can be aired out in sunlight just like ice skates; make certain that you leave the boot unlaced in order to let the sunlight and clean air carry the foul odor away. You can also clean the insole of your boot with a baking soda mixture.
Owning a pair of roller skates is an investment, and it is important to be aware of the condition of your roller skates. Performing routine maintenance is the key to ensuring that you will enjoy skating safely and a benefit with a return on your investment. Inquire in our Skate Pro Shop or visit our online Pro Shop for additional details and purchase options regarding your skates or future skates.