I overheard a conversation about how to avoid rust on skate blades. In a humid summer, it can happen in an hour if you're not careful. Once a blade is rusted, it's never the same. It's critical to take precautions against the Rust Demons.
"Once you take them off, dry the blades and put the soakers on," the coach was saying.
"Uh-huh, I did that. I still got rust!"
"When you get home, take the soakers off and let the skates sit in the open," the coach continued.
"What? I have to do that?"
I had to interject. "I have a bamboo sushi roller that I set my skates on, so they get a lot of air. And don't forget to pull the tongues out a bit so the leather inside dries out, too."
The woman looked at me like I was from mars. "That's a lot of work!"
"Right. But skates are a big investment. You want them to last as long as possible."
"I guess so," she looked hesitant.
"And don't forget to wash the soakers every so often. And put the blade guards in the dishwasher. WD40 if it's really humid." I didn't mean to take over.
"All that for skates."
Yes. This weekend my skates got some abuse, so they are enjoying some window time, airing out with a view of the courtyard and birds. Really hoping they'll be dry in time to start again tomorrow.
Maybe we should look at skating as a lot of work, and skate care as the post-workout ritual that keeps us safe!