How to Remove Rust From an Ice Skate Blade

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How to Remove Rust From an Ice Skate Blade
Dry your blades after each use. (ice skate image by Gina Smith from

Prevent rust from forming on your ice skate blades. Carefully remove snow with your hands or rag and then wipe down the blades with a dry, clean rag or towel after skating. Do not put rubber guards on wet blades or store skates that are still wet. Even with the best care, rust can still form on your skate blades, sometimes within 20 minutes of being wet. If the rust is located in the hollow of your blades (the space between the two edges of an ice skate blade), having your blades sharpened by a professional will remove it. However, all other rust you can remove yourself.

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Things you need

  • Skating oil or petroleum jelly
  • Scouring pad or steel wool
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Rub some oil, such as skating oil or petroleum jelly, along the rusty part of your skate blade.

  2. 2

    Remove the rust with a scouring pad (no soap added) or piece of fine steel wool. Keep the blades moist with oil during this process.

  3. 3

    Wipe the blade clean with a wet rag and then dry with another dry rag.

Tips and warnings

  • If the rust was near the edges of the blade, you must take them to get them to a professional to get sharpened. Let them know your purpose for ice skating. Blades are sharpened differently for figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey.

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