Can your skates make it through another year? A good pair of roller-skates can last for years, but if you let them fall into disrepair, you might find yourself needing a new pair. Get a fresh start this year with these skate maintenance tips (and learn how to know if it’s time to replace your skates).
Do Your Skates Need Replacing?
Do your skates need a little TLC, or is it better to start fresh? Ask yourself these questions:
- Are these skates too small? Pass them down to your next child and buy a new pair of skates.
- Are the wheels or bearings rusted? Time for something new.
- Are the boots cracked or warped? Head to the Pro Shop.
- Is the liner broken down? Look into replacing the sole insert or buying a new boot.
If your skates are still in good shape, we want to help them reach a healthy old age. Follow these skate maintenance tips from Wheels.
- Store your skate in a dry location that’s around room temperature
- Wipe down skates if they become wet
- Check to make sure your skate trucks are secure
- Adjust the toe stop for optimal braking
- Make sure the bearings are loose and lubricated for a smooth rolling skate
- Clean your wheels periodically to remove dirt build up
- Replace skates that are pocked or dented from outdoor use
If your wheels, toe stop, or bearings become worn, don’t worry. You can replace a single component without buying a new pair of skates (unless you want to, of course!).
Ready to roll? Visit Wheels skating center for Odenton family entertainment in the New Year!