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How to Clean Skateboard Bearings

Riding a skateboard can be a blast, but not when your skateboard gets hard to handle because of dirty bearings. Here's how to keep them clean.


  • Step 1: Cleaning bearings can get messy. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and lay down newspapers or a plastic tarp to protect the floor if you're inside.
  • Step 2: Using the skate tool, remove the skateboard's wheels and then the bearings, which are circular devices that connect the wheel to the axle, allowing the wheels to spin freely.
  • Step 3: Pop the bearings loose from their casings. There should be eight bearings in all, two for each wheel.
  • Step 4: Gently wash away any dirt or grime with a rag and cleanser appropriate for use on steel, rubber, and plastic, such as rubbing alcohol or acetone. Avoid oil-based cleaners, which can leave a sticky residue.
  • TIP: For a deeper clean, soak the bearings in a jar of cleaner for a few minutes.
  • Step 5: Wipe away any excess cleanser with a rag, and then spray each bearing with lubricant. Don't be stingy with the lubricant; really hose down each bearing! Repeat this step for each bearing, setting them aside on your rags as you go.
  • TIP: For a fast tune-up, leave the wheels and bearings on and spray lubricant directly onto the wheel. Wipe away excess lubricant.
  • Step 6: Wrap a bearing in a soft cloth and give it a shake to speed up the draining process. Repeat for each bearing.
  • Step 7: Reattach the bearings and wheels to your skateboard. Check to make sure they spin freely. If they do, you're ready to go!
  • FACT: The first skateboards were sold in 1958 by Bill and Mark Richard in their California surf shop.

You Will Need

  • Old clothes
  • Newspapers or a plastic tarp
  • A skate tool
  • Cleanser
  • Lubricant
  • Soft
  • clean rags

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