How to Clean Your Roller Skates

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qube-bearing-washIf you roller skate regularly, chances are at some point you’ll want to upgrade from the rental skates to skates of your very own! While we perform regular maintenance on our rental skates, you will need to maintain your personal skates with some easy, simple care.

One way to keep your skates in peak condition for as long as possible is to clean them regularly. Even at an indoor rink, your skates will accumulate dust and dirt over time, so read on to learn how to clean your roller skates.

Skate boots

  • Clean boots with saddle soap.
  • Treat the inside of the skate boots with Silicone Shoe Saver to waterproof them and protect from perspiration.
  • Buff outside of boots with liquid polish.

Skate wheels

  • Wash skate wheels in warm water with a mild soap (like dish soap) using an old rag or towel. Wipe off the grime from the outside surfaces and the inside of the wheel.┬áIf your skates have metal cores do not get them wet, as this will cause the metal to rust.
  • Dry wheels thoroughly and lay on a towel to finish drying.

Skate bearings

  • Wipe away grime with a paper towel or rag.
  • Disassemble bearings and place in a bearing washer or plastic bottle with bearing wash and shake thoroughly to clean.
  • After cleaning and drying, don’t forget to lube your bearings for a nice, smooth roll!

Once you’ve cleaned and reassembled your skates, you can check out skate schedule for the latest events and come skate with us at InterSkate Roller Rink in Lewisville, Texas!

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Getting to Know Your Skate Wheels: Indoor vs. Outdoor

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Krypto Route Quad Outdoor Skate Wheels

People who roller skate regularly often decide to buy their own skates (and as the largest retail roller skate shop in the world, we’re more than happy to help), which opens up a world of skating possibilities! If you have your own pair of skates, you’ll not only save money on rental fees when you skate here at our Lewisville skating rink, but you can also enjoy the freedom of skating outdoors.

Just remember that if you do choose to head out on your neighborhood sidewalks or the trails of the local park, you will first need to change your skate wheels. Read on to learn the difference between indoor and outdoor quad skate wheels from your friends at InterSkate.

Indoor skate wheels

Indoor skate wheels are specially formulated to perform well on smooth, indoor skate surfaces like the maple floors found at many skating rinks (including ours!). This type of wheel rolls smoothly yet grips the floor, allowing skaters to safely reach high speeds and navigate turns. However, the formulation that works best on indoor surfaces does not fare so well outdoors. Indoor wheels will wear out very quickly if worn outside, not to mention the fact that they will not roll as smoothly, giving you a rough and bumpy ride!

Outdoor skate wheels

Outdoor skate wheels use a different formulation of polyurethane which gives the wheels some “give” or “rebound.” Outdoor skate wheels are softer, yet their springiness allows them to roll across debris instead of it becoming embedded in the wheel. As you skate across tiny stones, sticks, leaves, and dirt, outdoor wheels will fling the obstacles aside and keep on rolling, providing you with a much smoother, albeit slower, ride. (The softness of outdoor wheels requires that you use more energy pushing off to achieve the same speed as you would on indoor wheels at a skating rink.)

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Dallas Date Idea: Night at the Skating Rink

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skating-rink-romanceLooking for a fun, unique, and best of all, affordable date idea in North Texas? You can’t go wrong with roller skating! Read on to learn 3 reasons why you should make plans to spend your next date night at InterSkate Roller Rink in Lewisville.

Go for nostalgia

Good times at the skating rink are a fond memory for many people. If you want to take your date back to the good old days and set the tone for a fun, light-hearted evening, the skating rink is the way to go.

Stay for the ambiance

If you haven’t been roller skating in a while, you may have forgotten just how much atmosphere there is! Nine mirror balls and 760 track lights in a darkened rink create a magical sparkle here at our Lewisville skating rink. Add to that the catchy music, and rusty skating skills encouraging you to hold hands, and you’ve got a great date in the making.

Save money

Dating can get expensive, but fortunately for you, roller skating isn’t just retro fun- we also boast retro prices! Regular admission is just $6, with $3 regular skate rental. We also host weekly Bargain Nights on Tuesdays, allowing you to skate for just $3 from 5-9 pm. You can also check out our coupons page for even more savings.

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3 Ideas for Tween Birthday Parties in North Texas

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glow stick braceletsComing up with the perfect birthday party for your tween can be quite a challenge. It needs to be fun and memorable, able to accommodate big groups of their friends, and also fit your budget. But most importantly, it has to be cool. If you’re caught in this common parenting conundrum, a roller skating party could be just what you’re looking for!

We offer a wide variety of skating party packages to fit your needs, from our basic birthday party for 10 skaters to private events that let you take over the rink with 50 guests and even play your own music. If you’re ready to throw a party so fun that your child will momentarily forget to be embarrassed of you in public, check out these 3 fun themes for tween birthday parties.

  • Favorite color- What is your child’s favorite color? Have all of their friends show up dressed in that color. It will make the group stand out and is sure to yield some adorable group photos!
  • 90’s retro– That’s right, to today’s tweens, the 90’s is a vintage era. Tweens love any excuse for a costume, so let them break out the flannel shirts, Adidas track pants, Starter jackets, floral babydoll dresses, overalls, stretchy tattoo necklaces, and all of the other oh-so-dated swag that was the height of fashion during the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” days.
  • Neon party- Nothing says “party” like glow sticks, plus you can get a bundle cheap at your local party supply store. For extra pizzazz, invite your guests to wear their favorite neon clothes and other fun accessories like boas, hats, shutter shades, and anything else they can think up (as long as they can safely skate in it).

Let’s get this party started! Contact us today to set up your tween birthday party at our North Texas skating rink.

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