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How to maintain your Skis?

Clean and Protect

Skis are generally designed to be tougher and robust with double thick bases and edges. However, they need regular maintenance to stay in good working condition. As you ski them on icy terrains, rocks, stumps, and abrasive snow terrains, their base and edges often get damaged, to keep them fresh and new, you have to properly clean and protect them from the elements. The best tip is to clean the base with a damp rag and a base cleaner. Gently rub it all over the ski base and store them in a ski rack. Keep them in an upright position in a shaded and dry location with enough ventilation.

The hot waxing irons for skis

Next, you should wisely choose the hot waxing iron. There are two types of irons that are used for waxing skis such as analog and digital. Both of them work the same if used as per the directions. However, you should pay close attention to the temperature as each wax has a different melting temperature. The melting temperature of each wax is indicated on the packaging. Below are the steps that you should follow for waxing skis;

• Heat up the iron.
• Hold the wax against the base of the iron to melt it onto the ski or snowboard.
• Place the iron on the ski or snowboard base and spread the wax all over the entire base until it covers the surface.

The supports

Skis are like your car, they require maintenance and proper care to run smoothly. At the start of each skiing season and at the end, your skis need full service. The ski maintenance includes anything from sharpening the edges to stone grinding the base, waxing, and binding check. Therefore, you need to have a proper support system on which you can place the skis and boards and precisely check and repair every tiny area. For that reason, a waxing table, board grip, waxing iron holder, and two pint rubber friction supports are essential. These lightweight, compact yet durable support supplies will help you do the work smoothly and easily.

Tools

Proper tuning of your snowboards and skis will help you glide along the snowy slopes smoothly and comfortably. For ski maintenance, you require some basic tools. The three main aspects of ski cleaning and maintenance are base repair, edge work, and waxing. For each area of maintenance, you need some special tools. For instance, the base of skis are more prone to damage over time. Usually skiing over the rocks and mountain trails, to repair the base damage, you need tools that include clean towels, base alcohol. The tools for edge repairs comprise gummy stores, rubbing alcohol, Diamond stone, and cleaning towels. Finally, to wax the skis and snowboards you require tools like a set of brushes, waxing iron, plastic scraper, and towels.

Waxes

The best way to maintain your skis is by waxing them after each season. The method of applying the wax on the skis and board is pretty simple. Start the process by melting the end of the wax and rubbing it on the board. Make sure the melted wax spreads and covers the base and edges completely. You should also ensure that the layering of wax is thin and even across the entire base. Next, wait until the wax cools down to room temperature. Now, take off the excess wax by using a scraper to make the surface feel nice and smooth. Burton, Toko, Swix, Bca, and Pomoca are the best manufacturers of hot waxes for skis.

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