Your grip tape is old and dirty? Don’t buy a new one; there are many ways to clean it! Discover everything about how to clean griptape and make it grippy, dark, and sparkling again.
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Skating on a brand new griptape is the best feeling a skater can have (except landing new tricks!). Besides, having a clean and sticky griptape makes it easier to land tricks with consistency. Let’s find out how you can keep your griptape fresh and new on the long-term (at least until your board brakes).
How to clean Griptape?
Most skaters judge the quality of their griptape according to two factors:
- Color (nice black color without dirt stains)
With daily use, the grip tape tends to lose its grip and color. Besides, the color and the grip are kind of related; Depending on the places you ride, you’ll gather more or less dirt on your griptape making it browner and less sticky. Also, if you wear your skate shoes during the day, all the dirt you stepped on ends up on your grip.
Believe or not, there are ways of renewing your griptape, and depending on the state of the grip, it can be entirely restored.
Here are the main ways of restoring your skateboard griptape:
- With window cleaner, a brush, and towel (not recommended, but probably free)
- With a griptape cleaner (belt sander cleaner)
The best griptape cleaners
1 – POWERTEC 71002 Abrasive Cleaning Stick
This abrasive cleaning stick from Powertec is 8.5 inches (20 cm) long and made out of natural rubber. This brick is originally made for cleaning belt sander, but it works amazingly on skateboard griptapes.
Moreover, it’s very practical to carry around during your sessions; cut a small piece of the stick, maybe a 1-inch cube, and throw it into your backpack, or even in your pocket. Depending on how often you have to clean your griptape, the full-size stick can last up to 2 years.
This abrasive cleaning stick is manufactured by Powertec, a company with 40 years of experience in the woodworking industry. You might be thinking, how is this relevant to my usage (griptape cleaning)? Well, Powertec’s experience in manufacturing woodworking machines for more than 40 years helps the company develop and innovate quality machines and accessories. If this stick can clean a powerful belt sander, it will do miracles on your skateboard grip!
2 – Black Diamond Griptape Cleaner
Black Diamond is a company dedicated to skateboard griptapes since more than 15 years. It provides excellent quality skateboard griptapes for half the price you would pay for more popular brands.
Because Black Diamond is purely dedicated to grip tapes, they developed a proper skateboard griptape cleaner that is specially made for that purpose. The stick is 4.5 inches (10 cm) long; depending on how often you’ll clean your grip, it will easily last a year or more!
The rubber starts warming up when you begin scrubbing, don’t be surprised if its hard when you receive it. The magic of this rubber is that you don’t have to wait or clean after scrubbing; the board gets clean instantly.
3 – Prostik W1307
The Prostik W1307 from Pro-Stick is initially a belt sander cleaner; it’s 12 inches (30 cm) long so it will last for ages (Only a little 1-inch cube lasts for months)! Put in your bag or even in your pocket, and you’re ready to clean your griptape any time.
Besides, the all stick only weighs 1.25 pounds. If you cut a little piece of that, you won’t even fill it on you.
Also, Pro-Stick offers 4 different sizes of Prostik depending on how often you use it.
4 – GRIP GUM
The Original Grip Gum from Grip Gum is one of the first griptape cleaner specially designed for skateboard griptapes. Grip Gum manufactures griptape cleaners since 1996; hard to beat!
The Grip Gum works so well; many pro skaters still use it as per this day. All pro skaters have preferences when it comes to deck sizes, trucks, or wheels. But when it comes to griptapes, all skaters prefer a clean, sticky griptape!
Also, Grip Gum also has a team of pro skaters; such as Jordan Maxham, TJ Rogers, Megan Guy, or Vinnie Bahn.
5 – Peachtree Disc Cleaning Eraser Stick
The Peachtree Disc Cleaning Eraser Stick is an 8 inches (20 cm) long rubber brick. The company that makes these is called Peachtree Woodworking Supply Inc., this company is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and it sells all sorts of machinery and tutorials related to woodworking.
Nevertheless, this rubber stick is perfect for cleaning your skateboard griptape. It can be used for many other things like cleaning several machines, or even your shoes’ outsoles.
This stick will remove anything stocked to your griptape; dust, dirt, mud, chewing gum, or even paint. With this 8 inches stick, you’ll have enough for more than a year. You only need a little piece to clean your griptape (you can store the rest at home).
What are the benefits from using a griptape cleaner?
There are three significant benefits of using a griptape cleaner:
- Save money
If you’re a ride that particularly enjoys clean griptapes, you’ll probably buy more than one grip for your board. A griptape cleaner stick costs the same price than a griptape, and it lasts for ages.
- Have clean griptape
You can say what you want, a clean dark grip makes you want to skate.
- Have clean shoes
Having a dirty griptape will eventually make you shoes dirty too, especially if you’re doing tricks a lot; your shoes are continually scrubbing a long the surface of the griptape, which not only destroys the shoes but also makes then dirty. So if you want CLEAN and ruined shoes, a griptape cleaner is the way to go!
- Land more tricks
Because your griptape is cleaning, it’s more inviting; therefore, you skate more and get more experience. But not only, a clean griptape also offers more grip, meaning the flipping motions are easier to make.
In conclusion, a griptape doesn’t only make your board clean, it also makes you a better rider; it’s magic! Don’t get us wrong, it will undoubtedly help you improve, but it won’t make you a pro skater (sounds obvious, but we rather precise it).
We honestly don’t see any disadvantages from using a griptape cleaner. Griptape cleaners are one of our favorite skateboard accessories; we think all riders can benefit from them.
It’s a must in a skateboarder’s backpack!
We hope this review gave you a good overview of on how to clean griptape. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our support team will be more than happy to discuss with you and help you find your new griptape cleaner.