How to Clean Roller Hockey Skates

How to Clean Roller Hockey Skates
Proper cleaning and maintenance of roller hockey skates will extend the life of the skates and help prevent accidents caused by sticking or damaged wheels and bearings. In order to clean roller hockey skates, the wheels will need to be removed from the skates so that the bearings can be removed and thoroughly cleaned. The bearing is the metal piece in the center of the wheel and should be cleaned any time you hear a scratching noise coming from the bearing during use.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Allen wrench Bearing tool Pin Mineral spirits Large cup Isopropyl alcohol Bearing lubricant Rag Warm water Liquid soap Toothbrush
  • Allen wrench
  • Bearing tool
  • Pin
  • Mineral spirits
  • Large cup
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Bearing lubricant
  • Rag
  • Warm water
  • Liquid soap
  • Toothbrush
Step 1
Remove the wheels from the roller hockey skates. This can be done by using an allen wrench to turn the center of the wheel counterclockwise until it can be easily removed.
Step 2
Use a bearing tool to push into the center of the wheel until the bearing pops out. Remove the side shields of the bearings by using a pin to pry up the thin clips holding the shields on. Once the clips and shields have been removed, be careful not to lose any of the small pieces.
Step 3
Use warm soapy water to scrub the roller hockey skates and the wheels until they look clean. An old toothbrush can make the job easier. Wipe the skates down with a damp rag to remove soap residue.
Step 4
Pour mineral spirits into a large cup and drop the bearings and shields into the mineral spirits. Swirl the cup around to remove the dirt from the bearings. Let the bearings and shields soak for a few minutes and then remove them. Rinse the mineral spirits away by pouring isopropyl alcohol onto the bearing and shields. Dry the parts off with a rag.
Step 5
Lubricate the bearings with a lubricant specifically made for bearings. Reassemble the bearings by attaching the shields and then put the bearings back in the wheels.
Step 6
Use the allen wrench to reattach the wheels to the roller hockey skates.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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