How to Take Care of Your Figure Skates

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There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates, and if the guidelines below are followed, a good pair of skates can last for several years.

Always Dry Blades Thoroughly After Skating

If ice skating blades are not dried thoroughly, rust will develop and the blades will be ruined. Don't just wipe blades off, dry the blades completely and also wipe off the bottom of the skating boots.

Get Blades Sharpened on a Regular Basis by a Professional

Ice skating blades must be sharpened on a regular basis by an experience ice skating blade technician. In general, ice skates need sharpening after about forty hours of ice skating.

Wear Skate Guards on Ice Skating Blades When Walking on Hard Surfaces, Floors, and/or Concrete

Figure skating blades get ruined if they touch concrete, wood, grass, or any surface besides ice, rubber or carpet, so guards are a must. 

After Drying Skates Thoroughly, Cover, and Store the Blades Inside of Towel-like Soakers

Soakers are terry cloth blade covers that protect and keep ice skating blades dry.  

Do Not Leave or Store Blades Inside of Plastic or Rubber Skate Guards

Figure skaters should never leave or store their skating blades inside of plastic or rubber skate guards since doing that will cause blades to rust. 

Polish Figure Skating Boots on a Regular Basis

Polishing skating boots protects a skate's leather.

In Addition to Drying Blades Thoroughly, Dry Off the Boot's Sole Completely

The sole of a skating boot can rot and crack if it is not dried properly.

Open Up the Boots a Bit So They Can Air Out After Each Skating Session

A skater's feet may perspire while skating which means that any moisture inside the skating boot needs to be dried out.

Never Attempt to Walk Around or Skate in Ice Skates Without the Boots Being Completely Laced Up

Walking in unlaced skates can break down skating boots. In addition, walking around in unlaced skates can be hazardous.

Replace Broken Figure Skate Laces on a Regular Basis

Broken skating laces, even when tied together temporarily can pull apart and may pull apart which can be dangerous. In addition, it is very difficult to lace up ice skates after laces break, so have an extra pair of laces on hand so that they can be replaced in your skating boots immediately.

Have an Experienced Figure Skate Technician Mount Blades and Replace Screws When Necessary

Once in awhile screws will come loose and should be tightened. In addition, if the screw holes at the bottom of the boots become stripped, for safety reason, the holes should be plugged. An experience skate technician will make sure that the blades are mounted properly.