Clean bearings. (it will make you happy)

Bearing cleaning means different things to different people.  I find the main three types of bearing cleaning types of skaters fall into the following:
  1. The replacer - this person just buys new bearings and cant be bothered.
  2. The quick and dirty -  this person takes the shields off and cleans them and puts the shields back on.
  3. The mechanic - Takes shields off, takes cages out.  cleans cages and races with balls in them.

I have done all three methods personally.  I find if you do a cleaning regularly that the quick and dirty should work for you.

You will need a cleaning Unit:

Some Cleaner:

  • Bionic Bearing Cleaner - Product 
  • Paint grade acetone works too but is not a nice chemical.

Some Lubricant:

While you are at it check to see if your nuts need replacing.