How to Clean Your Skateboarding Pads

You wear your skateboarding pads every time you skate for protection. You sweat in them. You probably fall in them, too. There’s a good chance they stink. There’s no need to feel bad because this happens to everyone. However, you don’t have to keep putting those smelly pads back on every day. You can’t go out and buy a new set every time so what you need to do instead is learn how to clean your skateboarding pads.

Here are some tips:

  • Pads only need a gentle cleaning to get the stench of sweat out. You don’t usually need to do a lot of scrubbing.
  • You can hand-wash your pads and leave them out to dry before wearing them again or you can opt to drop them into the washing machine.
  • Never put your pads in the dryer.

Hand Wash your Skateboarding Pads

You can wash them by hand by filling a sink of water and a little bit of dish detergent. Wipe any excess dirt off the pads and then dip them in the sink to soap in this detergent solution for about 30 minutes, longer for really bad odors. Then return and gently scrub them with just your fingers a bit and then rinse them clean. Be sure to rinse them really well and not leave any soap residue. Then hang them up to dry or put them out in the sun to dry.

Machine Washing your Skateboarding Pads

Always machine wash your pads separate from other clothing. You might be ok to wash them with some towels if you want but they will damage other clothing or delicate laundry items. Secure all the Velcro and fasteners on your pads before you put them in there. Set your wash’s water levels to low and put it on the gentle/delicate cycle.

Add your detergent the same as you would with a normal wash and start up the washing machine. Once the wash fills with soap and water, stop it and allow the pads to soak in the detergent water for about 30 minutes. This will ensure you get the odors out. Then restart the machine and let it finish to the end of the wash cycle.

When they are finished, hang them up to dry or put them out in the sun to dry. Never put them in the dryer. Heat and tumbling can damage the pads.

The honest truth about why most skaters don’t wash their pads is pure laziness. Either they don’t feel like it or they don’t know how. But now that you have these simple tips, you have no more excuses for stinky pads. You can work it into part of your skateboard maintenance routine and then you will be sure not to ever forget to clean your skateboarding pads.