Routine Cleaning and Upkeep
Since it’s made of paper, designs can be printed directly onto the Skatelite material before it goes through the manufacturing process, meaning that unlike simple decals, your design or logos will never wear off. Skatelite surface is a durable, attractive material designed to stay beautiful for the lifetime of your skate ramp. Dust will reduce the performance of your ramp. To fight this, mop ramp surfaces regularly. Use fresh water, avoid cleaners that will leave behind waxes or residue. The frequency of mopping will vary based on location and amount of use. Most ramps should be mopped once or twice a week. Heavily used facilities and ramps in dusty environments will often be mopped daily and in some cases twice a day.
Maintaining the surface characteristics of the Skatelite is critical to maximizing the performance and extending the life of your ramps. Over time the build up of knee pad plastic and wax used by skates will reduce the performance of the Skatelite. Etching the surface will help remove surface contaminants and restore the optimal speed and grip of the surface.
Periodically mopping the ramp surface with Muriatic Acid (AKA: Hydrochloric Acid) will maintain and restore the original surface characteristics of the Skatelite. Muriatic Acid is available from building supply centers and is frequently used in concrete finishing applications. Use of an acid solution requires care and proper handling of materials. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for safety, materials handling, and disposal of used solution. Use an open container of mop bucket and add acid to cold water. (Never add water to the acid solution). For most facilities mopping with the acid solution 1-2 times per month will be sufficient.
Generally speaking, Skatelite resists stains quite well. As with most materials, there is a potential for some staining. With stubborn stains, try a nonabrasive household cleaner. Avoid using bleach products or abrasive cleaners. Plain yogurt can be used to pull stains from lighter colored material.
Repairing Scratches and Burn Marks
Skatelite products are made from a super-durable paper-composite material that is designed to stand up to the daily punishment inflicted by skateboards and BMX bikes. The material resists scratches and burns, but like most surfaces, can potentially be damaged when skating hard.
For larger scratches, tough stains or gouges, please contact your Skatelite fabricator or dealer for repair advice. In most cases, it is preferable if the installer refinishes the surface. Light scratches and burn marks can be refinished using a Maroon ScotchBrite® pad. It is important to note that the refinished area will noticeably lighten compared to the surrounding surface area. Skatelite surfaces are made of paper which, like wood, patinas – or darkens – over time. The recently sanded area will eventually patina and match the remainder of the ramps surrounding it. In order to avoid affecting one spot, lightly refinish the entire section of the ramp.
The lighter colors in the Skatelite color range will show stains more than darker colors. Avoid using bleach products or abrasive powdered cleaners.