Getting your own skates is a great investment. It will save you money on rentals when you skate at Lanham Skate Center and make it easier to practice outside. That being said, it is an investment. If you want your roller skates to last, you’ll need to take care of them. Use these skate maintenance tips to keep them in good repair!
First of all, make sure you wipe down your skates every time you take them off. Unlace them and leave them open when you store them so that the insides will dry. The last thing you want is for your foot sweat to turn to mildew in the toe of your skates. Don’t dry your skates on a heating source, though. The boot can melt or even catch fire.
Check your wheels periodically. Look for obvious problems like chips or cracks, but also for general wear and tear, debris, and anything obstructing their freedom of movement. It shouldn’t be a struggle for your wheels to spin. Check on the wheel nuts as well to make sure they’re not loose, old, or otherwise in need of replacement. If your skates have adjustable toe stops, don’t forget to look at how tight or loose they are. The same is true of the truck, which is the part of the skate that holds the wheels in place. In general, trucks should be nice and tight. Even if you loosen them for more maneuverability, make sure they’re not too loose.
With a little bit of care and attention, your roller skates will last you a long time! And of course, if you run into a problem you can’t fix, don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Lanham Skate Center.