Winter is coming and it’s time to get your ice skates out of storage!
For hockey players, figure skaters, and those who just love getting outdoors, the real treat of winter isn’t so much snow as it is ice. Indoor rinks across the country are opening up, which means both ice skate rental storage and find a convenient way to store your skates at home is back on your to-do list.
How to Clean and Store Your Ice Skates
Keeping your skates rust-free is all about creating good habits. Immediately after getting off the ice skating pond or indoor rank, make sure to dry your ice skates with a cloth. If you are walking around with your skates on, get your blade protectors on right away, too.
Before and after you skate, always look at the blades to watch for any early signs of rust. If you see rust starting to appear, apply a small amount of oil and use a scouring pad. Be careful to only use the pad directly on the rust itself.
Ice Skate Sharpening
There are a lot of factors that can determine how often you’ll need to sharpen your skates. One general rule is getting your skate sharpened by a professional every 30 to 50 hours of ice time. If you mostly or only skate outdoors, you may need to sharpen your blades much more often depending on the quality of the ice.
Some other factors on determining how often to sharpen hockey and figure skates include:
- -Your weight
- -Your skating style
- -Personal preference
How to Store Ice Skates
To store your skates, always undo the laces a bit and open them up as much as possible. This will help them dry more quickly and can also reduce the chance of mildew. Avoid leaving your skates in the car or in a bag. Both can expose your skates to moisture which can lead to mildew or rust.
Ice Skate Storage Racks
We worked with a company in northern Michigan to design an ice skate storage system. This modular design makes it easy to store as many skates as you need, from a couple pairs at home or for rental ice skate storage at the local rink.
Made from stainless steel, ice skate rack installs on a piece of Wall Rail. You can add more Wall Rail to make room for more skates, or to create space for more hockey gear, too.
We’re here to make your hockey or figure skate storage easy. Let us know if you have any questions about installation of help finding exactly what you need.