With the right maintenance and proper care, all skateboarders can prolong the lifespan of their prized skateboards. Here’s all you need to know to maintain and lengthen the lives of your skateboards.
Skateboard Care and Maintenance

  Tue, May 25, 2021 6:30 AM

Once you have purchased your own skateboard, it is a considerable fact that you might as well have purchased an investment that needs to be taken care of. Taking care of your newly purchased skateboard necessary for lengthening its lifetime. Many skaters have forgotten how to give proper care to their skateboard - they ride it and when not needed, leaves it in a corner, uncared for, which is the most common problem why skateboards break.

After all, a skateboard is merely a piece of sports equipment that gets knocked around a lot, but it’s pretty easy to care for. These trends are not for serious skaters who clean, maintain, and adjust their boards for their specific demands. Here’s all you need to know to maintain and lengthen the lives of your skateboards.

  1. Store it properly when not in use

A skateboard is mainly composed of a plank of wood, and wood’s worst enemies are intense heat and moisture. Keep in mind that aside from the risks of getting wrecked by someone and being stolen, a skateboard lying outdoors unprotected is prone to the risks of harsh weather conditions, such as intense sunlight and unpredictable rain or snow.

During rainfall, even though your skateboard might have a sick graphic cover, all the moisture will still get absorbed, which will eventually expand the deck and cause damage. Meanwhile, when placed under direct sunlight for too long, heat radiation will stretch out the metal parts, such as the aluminum trucks and the bearings.

It is best to keep the skateboard in your house to protect them from weather, from theft, and from being left around in one corner. This way, it will not just be easy for you to look for your skateboard when you need it, but will also have a safe place that is free from any harsh weather.

  1. Clean the bearings regularly

As you skate around your neighborhood, it is most likely that you will be rolling on the dusty parts of your area. This dirt and dust will find a way into the bearings so it is essential to clean them regularly. It will depend on how often you use your skateboard and where you typically skate but it is recommended to clean them every three months.

If your skateboard has open bearings, it will be pretty easy to clean. Detach the bearings and let them soak in alcohol or nail remover. Gently shake the bearings around a container filled with these cleaning liquids and let them soak for an hour. Dry the bearings using a paper towel and tap them on a hard surface to remove any remaining dirt. Once completely dry, add silicone lubricant to maintain good performance and quality.

If your skateboard has closed bearings, take off the shield first with the help of a razor blade or a tiny flathead screwdriver. Once the shields are removed, do the similar process above.

  1. Maintain the grip tape

The grip tape is the sandpaper-like material on the top side of the deck. It offers traction between a skater’s shoe and the board. It is vital to keep the grip tape rough and flat to avoid unwanted slips from the deck!

If you notice any dirt and grime on the grip tape, clean it off using a small, moist toothbrush, then pat it dry with cloth towels.

If you notice any bubble forming in your grip tape, use a sharp object, like a needle or a pin to pop it. Push the air out of the holes to restore its flat surface.

  1. Take care of the deck

The parts of the deck that are most prone to wear and tear are the nose and the tail since these areas are always in contact with pavement and ground when doing tricks. As the rider crashes or bail, or just loses the board and has it shoot across the street into the light pole, the nose, and the tail will be always vulnerable against impact.

Always check if there are bad chips and once aware, make sure to take care of them. Sand down any splinters and smoothen the sharp edges. When smoothing and sanding down the deck, keep in mind not to get it so thin as they become more prone to breakage and fracture.

  1. Clean and tighten the wheels

Polyurethane wheels are made smooth to provide butter-smooth rides every use. So if your wheels are dirty, it will not offer a smooth ride.

If the wheels are dirty, wipe them with a washcloth, moistened with mild dish soap and water. Rinse it with a clean wet washcloth and dry it out using a separate washcloth.

Every once in a while, tighten the wheels by turning the nut on the outside of each wheel. Make the nuts as tight as you can but still have the ability for the wheel to turn.

Here are other important things to remember to keep your skateboard in good condition:

  • Avoid skating on broken glass because it can get stuck into the polyurethane wheels which will eventually cause your wheels to chip. This will wear down your wheels’ surface which will result in chipped wheels and a bumpy, uncomfortable ride.
  • Don’t use your skateboard if your shoes are wet. It will moisten and alter the durability of your grip tape.
  • If your skateboard gets wet, make sure to dry it out immediately. Remove the components and let them dry out in the sun or air-dry in your garage. Once dried up, carefully drop it on the floor, bottom first, to check if there is remaining moisture. If the noise made after the impact is dampened or soft, then your board is waterlogged. Continue to dry it. If it sounds clear, then your skateboard is good to go.
  • Get a skate tool. It is a multi-utility tool that can offer quick and easy touch-up and fixes whenever you need to.

Conclusion

With the right maintenance and proper care, all skateboarders can prolong the lifespan of their prized skateboards. With some basic tips that we have tackled above, you will benefit from a safe skateboarding experience and of course, keep your skateboard in its tip-top condition.