I'm going to show you two ways to clean your skateboard bearings - a fast, easy way that is OK for your bearings, and a longer, more complicated way that is far better for your bearings, but takes a lot longer. You should clean your skateboard bearings if your bearings have slowed down, seem kinda mucky, or if they make a gravely, junky sound when you spin your wheels. To avoid getting to that point, you should really clean your bearings fairly often, even when they are only a little dirty, or just haven't been cleaned in a long time. Cleaning your skateboard bearings like this from time to time will increase your bearing's lifespan, and improve your skateboarding experience (translation - you'll have more fun!).
What you need:
First, you'll want to remove your skateboard bearings. You can clean your bearings without removing them, as I'll show you later, but you won't get them very clean that way. To clean your skateboard bearings well they need to have been removed from your skateboard wheels. Not sure how to do that? Pause for a second and read How To Remove Your Skateboard Bearings. It's quick and easy.
You also need some rags, towels or paper towels - this will get messy, so if you are going to clean your bearings in the living room of your house, make sure you put down a lot of towels. And, you might not want to wear your favorite clothes.
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