How to Clean Skateboard Grip Tape

Cleaning your grip tape isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s something you should do before every skate session to keep your board in peak performance condition. Your grip tape can become grimy from sweat and dirt over time, which will end up leaving a dark stain on your deck. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about cleaning your grip tape.

How to Clean Skateboard Grip Tape?

Follow these instructions when cleaning your skateboard grip tape.

  • Begin by mixing together a small amount of your chosen grip cleaner with water in a bowl or container. 
  • Next, take your soft-bristled brush and dampen it in the solution. 
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  • Gently scrub your grip tape in a circular motion, making sure to cover the entire surface area. 
  • Rinse off the cleaner with water and allow your grip tape to air dry completely before skating on it again.

What Do You Need to Clean the Skateboard Grip Tape?

Tools and materials needed to clean your skateboard grip tape are: 

  • Grip cleaner (vinegar or rubbing alcohol will work)
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Water

How Do You Remove Grip Tape Residue?

If you have grip tape residue on your deck, the best way to remove it is with a putty knife. Just gently scrape away the residue until it’s gone. You can also use a heat gun to soften the adhesive and make it easier to remove.

Does Water Mess Up Grip Tape?

No, water will not damage your grip tape [1]. In fact, it’s necessary to use water when cleaning your grip tape. Just be sure to rinse away all of the cleaners and let the grip tape dry fully before skating on it again.

Why Should You Clean Your Grip Tape?

Cleaning your grip tape is important because it will help to extend the life of your grip tape and keep your deck looking clean. A build-up of dirt and grime can make your grip tape less effective and cause it to peel away from your deck over time. Regular cleaning will also prevent the formation of stains on your deck.

Do You Have to Remove Old Grip Tape?

You don’t have to remove old grip tape, but it’s a good idea to do so if your deck is looking dirty or the grip tape is starting to peel away. You can also replace old grip tape with new grip tape if you want to change the color or design.

Can You Put New Grip Tape Over the Old Grip Tape?

Yes, new grip tape can be applied over existing grip tape, but it is not required. You may simply clean and reuse your old grip tape if it is still in excellent shape. If you wish to alter the color or style of your deck, however, you must first remove the original grip tape.

What is the Best Way to Apply Grip Tape?

The best way to apply grip tape is to start in the center of your deck and work your way out. This will help to prevent the formation of air bubbles. You can use a credit card or another object to smooth out the tape as you go.

How Often Should You Replace Grip Tape?

You should replace your grip tape when it starts to peel away from your deck or looks dirty. Depending on how often you skate, you may need to replace your grip tape every few months or so.

Can You Skate Without Grip Tape?

You can skate without grip tape, but it’s not recommended. Grip tape provides traction and helps to keep your feet in place on the board. Skating without grip tape can be slippery and dangerous.


Cleaning your grip tape regularly will help to extend its lifespan and keep your skateboard looking and performing at its best. So don’t forget to give it a good scrub before hitting the streets.


Lucas Travis
Lucas Travis
Lucas is far from your regular skater boy—he is knowledgeable beyond riding basics and tricks; he knows the technicalities and specifics of every type of modern skateboards, bikes, and scooters. His passion for skateboarding inspired him to bring together a team of skateboard-lovers and experts to test new and popular models and come up with recommendations that will help every skateboard, bike or scooter enthusiasts like them.
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