Each week at Playland Skate Center in Austin, TX we celebrate America’s favorite past-time. What is that favorite past-time you ask? Why, it is roller skating of course! We have beginners taking lessons, advanced skaters on the speed team, and our Sk84Fitness group just to name a few of the skating opportunities around our Austin roller skating rink. If you have made the investment in purchasing your own roller skates, then you know ho important it is to take care of your roller skates. There are three essentials that you need to know in order to take care of your skates the best that you can.
Wheel nuts on the skates keep the wheels in place. Imagine the hazard associated with loose wheels as your ability to control your momentum and direction is diminished. The results could be disastrous. Never underestimate the importance of adjusting and tightening wheel nuts every couple of weeks. Take the time to tighten your wheel nuts so that the wheels roll smoothly.
Skate bearings are made of metal. Keeping bearings free of rust and corrosion is one way to help keep your skates in tip top shape. Carefully removing and inspecting bearings is one way to make sure they are free from dirt, dust, or grime. If there is any debris on them, make sure to use rubbing alcohol on them to remove it and allow them time to air dry.
Remove the Stink
There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. That’s a lot of sweat that can add up in the confined space of your skating boot. Pay close attention to the insole of the boot in order to beat the stink. Airing out roller skates in sunlight allows clean air to carry the foul odor away. In addition to a good airing out, don’t forget to clean the insole of your boot with a baking soda mixture.
Investing in a pair of roller skates is something that we’re happy to assist with. Visit our Skate Pro Shop during our public skating sessions or stop by our online Pro Shop for additional details and purchase options regarding your skates or future skates.