How to Clean and Maintain Skateboard Bearings

Maintaining bearings of any kind is a pain, skateboard bearings included. Getting good bearings and keeping them clean is just as good (and important) as getting the right skateboard. There are essentially three ways of cleaning the bearings, depending on when was the last time you cleaned them and how much time you have on your hands.

Methods to Clean and Maintain Skateboard Bearings
Method I ~ Quick, Easy and Less Efficient
You’ll Need

  • Rags or paper towels
  • Spray lubricant

Cleaning Procedure

  • Remove the wheel, keep the bearing in place, don’t remove it from the wheel.
  • Place it on a dry rag or paper towel.
  • Spray the bearing with the lubricant. The spray must be strong enough to hit the bearingĀ and clean off all the muck.
  • Pat the wheel with a new towel and keep it on the towel to dry a little.
  • Place the wheel back on the skateboard.
  • This method hardly qualifies as a proper cleaning method, but if you’re hard-pressed for time and you really don’t like the way your wheels are rolling, you can clean them like this.

Method II ~ Slower, Moderate and Efficient
You’ll Need

  • Rags or paper towels
  • Spray lubricant
  • Socket wrench of