How to Clean Inline Skate Wheels


Dirty wheels can cause your in-line skates to feel "bouncy" while using them and also decrease the spin speed of the wheels. Whenever you notice debris on the wheels of your in-line skates, it's a good idea to clean them. It is important that you use the right cleaning products, however. Otherwise, you could risk scratching or chipping the wheels, which would render them unusable.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver (if you choose to detach the wheels)
  • Sink/bucket
  • Mild, bleach-free hand soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Using the screwdriver, unscrew the wheels from the in-line skates.

  • Fill a sink or utility bucket with lukewarm water and a cup of mild, bleach-free hand soap.

  • Put the in-line skate wheels into the soapy water.

  • Soak the wheels for about 15 minutes.

  • Wipe the wheels dry a clean, soft cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to detach the wheels from your inline skates, you also can dip the cloth into the soapy water and wipe the wheels as you spin them.
  • Avoid using anything that may scratch the wheels, such as a toothbrush, when cleaning them.

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