How To Clean A Skateboard – A Step-By-Step Guide

It is imperative for all skateboarders to know how to clean a skateboard properly. Cleaning skateboard bearings, wheels, and grip tape isn't just for aesthetic reasons; keeping these parts in tip-top condition is crucial for your safety!

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How do you clean your skateboard

A buildup of mud and dirt in your skateboard's bearings and wheels may prevent the wheels from spinning as smoothly as they should, and filthy grip tape can cause you to slide and lose your balance when riding. Our detailed instructions below will tackle all these parts one by one:

How To Clean Skateboard Bearings

Dirt and grime will eventually make their way into the interior of your skateboard bearings, causing the balls to slow down or even come to a sudden halt. You can clean the bearings by following these instructions:

Removing The Bearings

Using your truck axle, pry your bearings out of the wheels. To do so, slip the wheel halfway onto the axle's end and leave only one bearing on the axle. Twist your wheel outward when prying your bearing out. Make sure the axle is securely grabbing the inside of your bearing. Repeat the same process on the other side of the wheel.

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Soaking The Bearings In The Cleaning Solution

Prepare a bowl of solvent to get rid of the dirt buildup inside the bearings. Mineral spirits, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol are all excellent choices. 

We recommend soaking the bearings in one of these substances for several minutes for ease of cleaning. Use a cloth or a soft wire brush to clean any stubborn dirt or hard-to-reach spots.

Drying And Re-Lubricating

Take out the bearings and dry them as soon as possible using a dry cloth or paper towel. Furthermore, if you want them to dry faster, use a hairdryer or compressed air to blast them out.

The bearings must then be re-lubricated. Lubrication is critical because skating on dry bearings causes harmful friction. All you need to do is apply 1-2 droplets of lube and give your bearings a solid spin to spread the oil evenly.

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Drying Skateboard Bearings

Placing The Bearing Shields Back on

Put the shields in the right position and push gently from the center outwards until they snap back on. Then, you're all set to go! Replace the bearings on your wheels and jump on your board to see how the lubricated bearings improve the ride quality.

How To Clean Skateboard Wheels

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Skateboard Wheels

The wheels on your skateboard are usually the simplest to clean! Here's how to safely and efficiently clean them at home.

  • Remove the axle bolts from each side of each wheel using a socket wrench, then take out the wheels.

  • Separate the wheel bearings from the wheels by gently prying them apart; you will need to clean them individually.

  • Scrub any visible dirt and stains off your wheels with a dry cloth or an old toothbrush. Next, soak them for 10 minutes in warm water. You can add some dish soap if you want to give them a thorough cleanup.

  • Remove the wheels from the liquid and give them another gentle scrub with your cloth or toothbrush. After that, gently dry them with paper towels.

  • Reinstall the bearing shields and the bearings in the wheels. After that, reconnect it to the trucks, and your skateboard will be as good as new.

How To Clean Skateboard Grip Tape

It's dangerous to ride a skateboard with filthy grip tape since it does not provide you with sufficient grip on the board. Dirt and mud may reduce traction and resistance, making it challenging to land tricks and stunts. Here’s how you can restore the grip and glorious look for your grip tape.

Preparing Essential Tools

You should have a towel, paper towel, brush, hairdryer, and liquid cleaning products.

Getting Rid Of The Dirt On The Surface

The first step is to eliminate any dust and mud that your eyes can see with a brush and damp cloth without using any soap.

Many people also use gum specifically made for skateboards to thoroughly clean their grip tape. If you use this product, simply rub the entire grip tape and then brush away all the dirt on the surface.

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Clean The Grip Tape With A Gum

Using Some Detergent

It's time to apply the liquid detergent once you've tackled all the filth and dust on the surface. Use an old toothbrush to brush, but note that you should be careful and gentle not to damage the grip tape.

We suggest using no more than 2 to 3 droplets on each area of the grip tape. Begin with a few droplets on the head, then move to the center, and finally to the tail.

Using Brush

Groom your grip tape as aggressively as possible with the wet brush until you notice foam. While you're at it, ensure that all of the small and deep dirt spots are eliminated.

Drying The Grip Tape

The easiest way is to use a paper towel or dry cloth until the grip tape is completely dry. You may want to rely on your hairdryer to quickly eliminate any residual dampness. Alternatively, place your grip tape in a sunny location, and then it will get ready to use in just a few hours.

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Conclusion

Knowing how to clean a skateboard is a must. Not only can a clean skateboard assist you in pulling off new tricks, but it can also ensure your safety while going at high speeds. 

We hope you’ll find our cleaning guide helpful, and see you in our next post!

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