I can hear you protesting through the blog: I’m taking a towel to my blade after skating and all the “snow” is off and I’m putting on my soakers – what am I missing here?
If you’re doing all those steps I just mentioned, you’re doing great but there are a couple of additional steps that makes ALL the difference.
If you’ve been using your skates for a while, you might start to see slight discoloration of the blade, especially near the bottom. Or you might notice, when you’re skating regularly, that your skates aren’t completely dry from the last time you skated (we’ve all been there, it’s gross). Both are indicative that your skates are still wet when you put them away even if you’ve dried down the blade.
It cannot be overstated: drying out your skates is one of the more important things you can do to increase the longevity of your boot and blade, reduce bad odors, and help prevent fungal growth in the boot.
Here are Miss Patti’s patented 5 step procedure for properly drying out your skates. Five steps?! I know, I know, it seems like a lot. But honestly, like anything else, once you get in the habit of doing them you won’t even notice and it won’t take any time at all. So without further ado, here we go:
- Use an absorbent towel – I recommend a microfiber towel – and dry off all areas of the blade (including the foot and heel plate to prevent rusty screws).
- Pop on your soakers
- When you get home: remove your skates from your skate bag, take off your soakers and let your skates air out in a room temperature setting. Never leave your skates in the car or on the front porch. Check out our article here to see why not.
- Before you walk away and forget about your skates until your next session on the ice: open up the tongue of the boot completely to let them really dry out. It’s likely that the inside of the boot is still wet from perspiration and you want to let air circulate as much as possible within the boot.
- After a couple of hours – before you go to bed maybe – pop some Stinkerz or other odor absorbent product like powder into the boot. Not only can they help absorb funky smells but they’ll also soak up any excess moisture still left in the boot.
See – easy peasey!