Your skateboard’s performance could be drastically, drastically affected if you don’t know how to clean a skateboard. And isn’t it only natural with all the things that the board of wood has to go through?
With yourself sliding and riding it across streets or any random surface at your own will, it will be surprising if it doesn’t. But since we, your lovely helpers, are here to take charge (or back you up at least), you don’t need to worry about piling filth as we have some home remedies and DIYs up our sleeves to that thing clean and sparkly all over again.
Maybe not sparkly, but you get us.
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How to Clean a Skateboard
In order to roll smooth as silk and ride fast as horses, you’ll need to understand the basics of how to clean your skateboard. But here’s the thing: you don’t be scrubbing them every wretched time you see dirt on the deck.
About the deck, it is honestly unnecessary and even offensive for some to be cleaned, since the scruffs and scratches are badges of honor.
Back to what we were saying, yes, you don’t need frequent cleaning. Only when you feel that you are going slower than your fellow skateboarders, and it isn’t your fault, you know where to check.
We’ll say start with the bearings first. Because dirt accumulated here reduces the level and intensity of your performance. So if you want to get back the old glory of speed and pushing through the streets, we suggest you start right here:
How to Clean Skateboard Bearings
Now, what to clean skateboard bearings with is highly dependent on the availability of one thing, that we previously mentioned: dirt. So you’ll need dirty bearings, some lubricant, paper towels, single-use cups, and some speed cream.
Pro tip: If you don’t like how garages smell or anyone in your house doesn’t like how garages smell, you can do the whole task outside your home. To understand the effectiveness of your cleansing, roll the bearings pre-cleansing and run it again post-cleansing. It should be rolling smoother now.
Anyway, some bearings may come with added, removable shields. When you are cleansing bearings, get rid of these. Placing a paper towel on areas where you will work, you can prevent probable accidents and injuries from slipping from the lube.
How to Clean Skateboard deck
As you know already, skateboard decks are made of wood. So the one cleaning method you will not follow is washing the deck with water. Otherwise, it will deform in shape, and the whole thing will be troublesome to ride and do tricks with.
Be it downturned performance levels or softer wood that we don’t want, and there are better ways to clean decks. There are furniture oils and spirit/linseed oil mixes that can get the stain out of the wood at the bottom.
But on the surface, this requires you to clean the grip tape along, so we would like to discuss the whole thing there.
But you could clean it with water/vinegar mix if you can do it fast, but you will have to let it dry under scorching heat to let it dry completely.
How to Clean Skateboard wheels
No matter how clean the streets or ramps are, your wheels are bound to get dirty with time. And there’s undoubtedly one dirt that you can’t fix so correctly, and that is the yellowing of wheels. In that case, you’ll need changing. But otherwise, you can tackle the dirt with us.
Here a two ways you can adopt to clean the wheels. Firstly, by removing them, Secondly, by not.
You can not remove it and clean with a wet rag the parts of the wheels that come in contact with the ground to improve the rolling if there isn’t much dirt. Spin the wheels and keep cleaning first with the wet and then with a dry rug. This can fasten the drying process as the water from the damp cloth can damage the bearings.
Now let’s come to the point of removing them and cleaning them.:
How to Clean Skateboard grip tape
You could be one of those guys, to whom the best way to clean skateboard grip tape is to remove it, un-grip it or peel it off for some fresh, new grip tape.
While you may have some rightfully earned bucks spent in this process, we love to be on a budget and do some DIYs, and hence we’d rather clean it than go all over for this new fuss of replacing grip tapes.
Anyway, the first method in which you can do it requires a microfiber cloth, soft brushes, and rubber. Don’t get confused about the last bit.
There is a thing called grip gum, sold by shopkeepers, that allows you to take the grime off the surface. A similar product if you don’t find this is the rubber cement remover.
But if you are using a wet one and cleaning with water too, be prepared to have the perforated grip tape of your shortboard malfunction and lead to the damage of the whole thing with time.
If you ask us, soft brushes can’t precisely clean the grip tape as much, being what they are: soft brushes.
The second method is meant for longboards, and this one is rougher.
How to Clean Skateboard trucks
Skateboard trunks have the issue of rusting of all things. For that:
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope you learned how to clean skateboards from our article. Use all this information for your next cleaning spree and don’t do DIYs unless you are sure they won’t harm your little treasure.