By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to clean vintage hockey skates effectively. Properly cleaning vintage hockey skates will not only aid in making them look better, but will also allow possible buyers to get a better look at the skate, and thereby, offer a higher price if you are interested in selling the vintage skates.
- Remove any laces from the vintage hockey skates. Be sure to carefully remove the laces one loop at a time in order to prevent damage to both the hockey skates as well as to the laces. Ideally, the vintage hockey skates should be re-laced with the original laces, so remove them carefully and place in a secure location until the time comes to re-lace the skates.
- Soak a soft cloth in clean, warm water. Apply a small amount of leather cleaner to one of the hockey skates, and begin rubbing it in with the cloth. Leather cleaner can typically be found at most sporting goods or home improvement stores.
- Once the leather cleaner has be rubbed into one of the skates, rinse out the cloth. Carefully remove the leather cleaner with the same damp cloth, making sure that all cleaner has been removed from the cloth. Repeat the process with the other vintage hockey skate.
- Wipe down the vintage hockey skates with a dry cloth, and place in a spot where the skates can dry completely. Ensure all moisture is gone before attempting to move or handle the hockey skates, as they may be especially susceptible to deterioration when wet.