How do I clean and lubricate my bearings? Last Updated: 08/10/2011
Cleaning and lubricating are not the same thing. There are bearing cleaners and bearing lubricators-please beware of the difference.
If you lube your beatings first it will trap the dirt and particles and make it really hard to clean those bits out. Those particles are what destroy bearings. Do not use WD-40 or anything like that. They leave behind a film that actually collects dirt and dust. Orange 409 cleaner will clean your bearings. Spray the bearings and use newspaper ( not rags, they will leave lint behind). Clean them until no more dirt is expelled. Do not rinse with water. Just let the bearings air dry and proceed to lubricating.
Lubricating: Once your bearings are cleaned correctly, it is recommended to apply lubrication to your bearings. Bones Speed Cream, Lynx Swift Lube are both acceptable products for bearing lubrication. The heavier the lubricant ( Bones Speed Cream) the longer it will last and you won't have to clean and lube your bearings as often.