Activities Sports & Athletics How to Take Care of Your Figure Skates Share PINTEREST Email Print Niels Busch / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Billiards Equipment Shots & Strokes Baseball Basketball Bicycling Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated June 25, 2018 There are some guidelines to follow regarding the care of figure skates, and if the guidelines below are followed, a good pair of skates can last for several years. Dry Blades and Boot If ice skating blades are not dried thoroughly, rust will develop and the blades will be ruined. Don't just wipe blades off, dry the blades completely and also wipe off the bottom of the skating boots. The sole of a skating boot can rot and crack if it is not dried properly. Sharpen Blades Ice skating blades must be sharpened on a regular basis by an experienced ice skating blade technician. In general, ice skates need sharpening after about forty hours of ice skating. Wear Skate Guards Figure skating blades get ruined if they touch concrete, wood, grass, or any surface besides ice, rubber or carpet, so guards are a must. Store Blades in Soakers Soakers are terry cloth blade covers that protect and keep ice skating blades dry. Never leave or store skating blades inside plastic or rubber skate guards since doing that will cause blades to rust. Polish Figure Skating Boots on a Regular Basis Polishing skating boots protects a skate's leather. Air Boots After Use A skater's feet may perspire while skating which means that any moisture inside the skating boot needs to be dried out. Open up the boots a bit after every use to facilitate drying. Lace Boots Completely Walking in unlaced skates can break down skating boots. In addition, walking around in unlaced skates can be hazardous. Replace Laces Regularly Broken skating laces, even when tied together temporarily can pull apart and may pull apart which can be dangerous. In addition, it is very difficult to lace up ice skates after laces break, so have an extra pair of laces on hand so that they can be replaced in your skating boots immediately. Have an Experienced Figure Skate Technician Mount Blades and Replace Screws Sometimes screws come loose and should be tightened. In addition, if the screw holes at the bottom of the boots become stripped, for safety reason, the holes should be plugged. An experienced skate technician will make sure that the blades are mounted properly.