After a long skate session it’s easy to kickback and forget about your skateboard but the truth is skateboards need some looking after. Just like any other sporting equipment day-to-day use can cause some wear and tear. The good news is that looking after your boards isn’t a hack. These simple tips are all it takes to keep your board rolling for longer.
Before you head out for a skate, check your nuts are tight. It’s easier to fall off your board if the truck or axel nuts are loose. Use grease or oil to keep your bearings running smoothly. If you see any bearings that are cracked or damaged, replace it as soon as possible. If your board is starting to squeak, you’ve probably got dirty bearings. You can fix this easily with a damp cloth or a small brush.
Getting your board wet isn’t a good idea. Water can easily make your bearings rust and cause the deck to split or warp. If it does come into contact with water, give it a good wipe and leave it to dry in the sun for a short while. After a gritty session get a cloth out and clean your board as well as you can. If any dirt or mud sticks to your board, don’t scrape it off rather try a damp cloth or even a soft bristle brush. Whether your board is top of the range board or a supermarket special, looking after your grip-tape is important. Keep mud and dirt away from it and you’ll be landing awesome tricks without any hassles. Don’t forget to wipe down your wheels after each session. It’ll give you a chance to keep an eye out for any cracked or damaged wheels. If you spot one, replace it as soon as you can. Think about rotating your wheels often so they all wear the same and avoid flat spots.