Tricks to Keeping Your Skates in Tip-Top Shape

The joy of roller skating can be shared with people of all ages. From young children to senior citizens, roller skating is an activity that provides a great source of physical activity and brings happiness to all that partake.

Once you catch the skating bug, there is just no shaking it off. Frequent skaters will usually invest in their own personal pair of skates and like any other valuable, you want to make sure they last as long as possible. Read on for some handy maintenance tips to ensure your skates stay in tip-top shape and are always ready for a spin!

Inline SkatesSafety first! Check your skates over when you first receive them. Whether you purchase them online or buy them in-store, be sure to perform a quick maintenance check before taking your skates to the rink.

  • Make sure the wheels are properly attached and all the nuts are firmly screwed into the proper places. Like a car, the last thing you want to do is lose a wheel when you are in motion on the skating rink!
  • If you are using quad skates, make sure the toe stop on the front of the skate is adjusted to your perfect height.

After each skate session, go through and check your equipment for any loose screws and cracks. Doing tricks, accidental falls or putting extra stress on the skate can sometimes cause a crack or a nut to move causing the wheels to loosen up.

  • Keep your wheels tightened and clean
  • Do not let your bearings get wet or stay in wet conditions. You want to prevent any rust or corrosion from forming.
  • If your wheels are not spinning well, try lubricating them.

A few minutes of a little TLC goes a long way in keeping your skates cared for and functioning correctly. Once your skates are ready to go, take them for a spin at Sparkles in Hiram!

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