Handy Tips for Care of Skates
Always wear guards when not on the ice, even on rubber matting.
Always remove guards before storing skates. Dry blades and sole plate completely with a towel. Store skates without the hard guards. Use soft guards when skates are in a bag to protect the blades.
Always unlace skates sufficiently before removing them or else you will destroy your skates by ripping the back seam.
Store skates in an area where fresh air can circulate around them. They should not be left in a bag, locker or near a radiator.
Frequency of Skate Sharpening and other Facts
The following outlines general guidelines that you may follow:
Skating 1 day/week – sharpen skates every 2-3 months
Skating 2 days/week – sharpen skates every 6 weeks to 2 months
Skates should be sharpened after 20-30 hrs of skating
Other factors to consider when determining the frequency of sharpening are:
Condition of ice – skating at outdoor public rinks may dull/nick blades quicker
Damaged edges – blade may be accidentally be nicked due to various reasons
Skater preference – some skaters prefer very sharp or duller blades
Figure Skate sharpening companies
Use a good figure skate sharpening company. The club recommends below:
Jake’s Figure Skate Sharpening
14 Essex Avenue, Unit 28, Thornhill, ON L3T 3Z1
Figure Skating Boutique
Esta Figure Skating Boutique