Longboarding can be fun and healthy… but it comes with a price. To keep up with the experience and comfort, the longboard user needs to ensure its maintenance. Not only that, but it will also ensure that their longboard will remain usable for a long time. A well-maintained longboard will go a long way and save you money.
A longboard has many components that require care and cleaning in different ways, using different materials. Let’s have a look at these components are various ways of keeping them in motion. Let’s get started!
Periodic Maintenance goes a long way
A longboard consists of multiple components such as the Deck, bearings and bolts, and Wheels. Typically, when a buyer purchases a new longboard, maintenance is not required for a few weeks, depending on the usage and quality of the board’s components. However, after some time, it is advisable to perform periodic cleaning activity to ensure the board’s longevity and durability. The materials and tools required for it might cost you some extra bucks, but it will be worth the expenditure. If you are on a budget, you can use some common tools and chemicals that are either available at home or cost-effective.
How to clean the deck of the Longboard?
The longboard deck is the most exposed area and is susceptible to heat, water, and dirt damage, making it less powerful and eventually at risk of cracking and breaking. If your deck is soaked during riding and cruising, always ensure that it is fully dry afterward. Keep your board indoor and preferably under a cover bag to protect it from harmful elements. Below is the method to keep your deck clean and in optimal condition:
Finally, place your longboard in a dry place for three hours and leave to dry out completely. When it’s dry, just use an adjustable wrench to put your trucks back in their spot.
How to clean the bearings of the Longboard?
Bearings are small round pieces of metal found inside each wheel. The consistency and efficiency of your longboard bearings are essential for a comfortable ride. Like a longboard deck, bearings can quickly rust or grab debris if you’re using it in an area with dirt and dust. Thus, it is always good to clean them thoroughly after rainy days or riding on dusty roads.
How to clean the wheels of the Longboard?
It’s so painful to watch the perfect new wheels of your longboard get all messy and nasty. This is not a concern for most surfers, it’s indeed part of sport to have dirty longboard wheels and it indicates they are skating. However, it’s good to give them a thorough cleaning frequently to make them look shiny and new.
And there you have it! We have briefly explained how to clean longboards to keep extending your longboard’s life to the maximum possible limit while enjoying a pleasing longboarding experience. And by doing so, you would be able to participate in extreme sports in challenging terrain such as muddy and rocky. Most of the tools and products required are either normally available at home or are easy and cost-effective to purchase. Periodic maintenance will save you the cost of replacing your boards and also keep the look and feel intact for the longboard.