After a long dormant period, your skates may have accumulated a layer of dust. Although this may seem harmless, it can damage the textile of your skates. You should try to clean them at least once every few months.
To do this, use a clean microfibre cloth and some warm soapy water to gently wipe over all surfaces of your skate boot and blades. If your boot has laces, you may wish to put these in the washing machine with your usual laundry load to get them back to their optimal condition.
If your skates are emitting an unpleasant odour (don’t worry, we’ve all been there) you can purchase a shoe deodoriser spray. Don’t have access to one of these? White vinegar in a spray bottle will work just as well – and also acts as an antibacterial agent preventing further smells.
Once you are happy with the cleanliness of your boot, you should dry them. After drying, you can take your boot polish and work it into any applicable textiles. Ensure you get the correct colour to correspond to your boot or opt for a translucent wax if you are not sure. This will act as a water-repelling protective layer for your skate, preventing moisture damage in the future!