Rollerbabe asked: How do I clean moldy rollerblades? Do you have any recommendations on how to clean mildewy smelling and grimy feeling rollerblades that have been left in a dark, damp place for a long time. I want to start using them again, but slight afraid I might get a weird infection if I don’t clean them properly first. They are the soft boot design, so there are no removable parts except for the wheels – K2 Cadence.
Cleaning your dirty, moldy rollerblades may require some patience, but with this method you should see a marked improvement in their appearance.
You Will Need:
- Textured glove
- Large clear plastic bag
Steps to Remove the Mold:
- To remove loose debris, put one rollerblade in the clear plastic bag. Using the bag helps prevent you from breathing in any mold you disturb in the cleaning process.
- Wearing a textured (or cloth) glove, stick your arm inside the bag. Fit your hand inside the shoe of the rollerblade and rub all of the inside surfaces thoroughly. The glove will do a good job of breaking dirt and mold free.
- Once you’ve loosened the dirt and dust, remove your hand from the bag. Hold the bag closed and shake any loose material from the rollerblade.
- Repeat with the second rollerblade.
- Next, wet the sponge with white vinegar.
- Wipe out the inside of the rollerblades, taking care to cover every surface. Rinse the sponge frequently or as needed. Repeat until the sponge stays fairly clean.
- Finish by wiping down the exterior of the rollerblades. Repeat until they’re clean.
- Allow to air dry completely in a cool, dry place, preferably in the sun to prevent mildew or mold from forming.
Additional Tips and Advice
- You will probably need to oil or replace the bearings before you can use the skates.