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How to Clean Your Skateboard's Bearings and Why it is Important

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At GetBoards.com, we are proud to be a different kind of skateboard shop online. Not only do we offer a variety of skateboards for you to choose from, but we also want to help you to keep your board in great shape for as long as possible. That is why we will be talking about cleaning your skateboard bearings in this article. 

Why cleaning your bearings is important.

Over time, your skateboard's bearings can get a buildup of gravel, dirt and muck on them that can really slow you down. By cleaning your bearings regularly, you can help to increase the lifespan of your board, plus you will be able to enjoy a smoother boarding experience. 

How to clean skateboard bearings:

  1. Remove the bearings from their shield - In all likeliness, your bearings are protected by a shield that will need to be removed in order for you to clean them.  Most shields are held into place with a ring clip, and all you have to do is gently remove the clip with a pin and then slide the bearing out. This shouldn't take much effort, and you shouldn't force anything.
  2. Spray the bearings out with brake cleaner - Brake cleaner is a great option because it won't leave a film and it has an easy-to-use nozzle. Hold your bearings over a bucket and spray the brake cleaner around the edges of your bearings. 
  3. Dry the bearings - Grab a clean towel to get the excess brake cleaner off of your bearings, and finish drying them with a can of compressed air.