Cleaning your bearings in six easy steps.
Clean bearings equal fast bearings so it is always a good idea to clean and lube them up regularly. You will know it is time to clean your bearings if they are noisy or not free-spinning. You can check this by holding them between your thumb and index finger and feeling if they are gritty or smooth. Here’s a step by step process of how to clean and lube your bearing in the comforts of your own home.
Go to your local skate shop and find both a bearing cleaner and some type of bearing lubricant. Both items are necessary.
BSB bearing cleaner and lubricant
Remove the shields from the bearings.
Soak the bearings in the cleaner BSB Quick Wash ($12) for 5 minutes and clean the shields with soapy water and a paper towel.
Remove the bearings from the cleaning solution and dry them off.
Lube up the bearings with BSB Professional QuikLube ($12). This helps prevent your bearings from rusting up. Apply liberally, but not too much as this can lead to more build-up due to the solution attracting dirt and dust.
New wheels and clean bearings!
Pop the shields back on, and press them into some fresh new wheels and you’re now ready to roll.