So, you’ve accepted that you’re officially a fidget spinner addict and you own all the different kinds and have mastered all the tricks. So, what now?
Well now that you’re a true master of the fidget spinner it’s time to start taking care of your spinners and making sure they keep that beautiful spin for all your trick needs. If not maintained, a fidget spinner can even stop spinning entirely which can damage it permanently.
There’s a few different methods on maintaining and cleaning your spinner, from a deep clean once a month to a quick soak. Here are a few ways to maintain your fidgets spin and keep gunk out for good.
This cleaning method is mainly used to getting rid of gunk that’s been caught between the ball bearings or dust that’s collected inside. This won’t necessarily grease the bearings at all, but will keep them from slowing down and getting dirty.
Before you start taking a part your fidget spinner, make sure you have the required materials for the job.
- Can of compressed air
- Rubbing alcohol
STEP 1: Remove Ball Bearings
First, you’ll want to take out the center ball bearing. To do this, you’ll have to remove the covering on top of the center (the spot you normally hold while spinning) to reveal the ball bearings. Once the cap or covering is gone, you’ll have to also pry open the casing of the bearing.
Using a thin knife may help in removing the casing for the first time but be careful not to hurt yourself or damage the ball bearings.
STEP 2: Get Rid of Dust and Gunk
Before we use the rubbing alcohol, we’ll first use the compressed air canister to get rid of any dust or dirt that’s accumulated. Give it a thorough cleaning with the compressed air to make sure it’s as clean as it’ll get.
STEP 3: Clean with Rubbing Alcohol
Lastly, you’ll want to quickly rinse the ball bearing in rubbing alcohol to completely clean it. Once you’ve rinsed it, make sure to immediately and thoroughly dry it with a towel or hair dryer on cold.
If you’ve bought your fidget spinner and are opening it up for the first time (like in the previous method) you may have noticed a lot of grease between each of the ball bearings. Whether you bought it second hand or the manufacturer greased it that way, grease in a fidget spinner actually slows its speed, which many people might think otherwise.
So how do we get rid of the grease?
- De-grease agent (e.g UBIK)
- Small bowl
STEP 1: Soak Spinner
First, you’ll want to fill a shallow bowl with your cleaning agent (remember to look for a label that is tough on grease!). After you’ve removed your ball bearing from your spinner as usual (see above), place your ball bearing in the bowl to soak.
After soaking for about 30-40 minutes, check to see if the grease is all gone. Try using a toothpick to to remove extra grease in the cracks.
STEP 2: Rinse
Once the grease has dissolved in the soak, you’ll want to rinse off the cleaner under water. Make sure you rinse it quickly as you don’t want the metal bearings to rust. Dry immediately with a towel or hair dryer.
All the hardcore fidget spinning gurus know that customization is king, especially when trying to obtain the fastest speed out there. One of the best ways to do that is to replace the ball bearings on your fidget spinner.
To do this, you’ll have to know which kind of ball bearing you want, the size of your fidget spinner, and how to switch them out.
There are three different kinds of ball bearings: metal, ceramic, and hybrid. Metal is the traditional use for most spinners, ceramic is when the whole spinner and its bearings are made of ceramic, and a hybrid is when only the ball bearings are ceramic and the rest is metal and plastic.
If you’re looking for longer spin, go for ceramic. If you’re looking for something better for the budget, metal is probably a better choice.
But how do you replace the bearings once you have them?
STEP 1: Remove Old Bearing
This will be similar to all the times you’ve removed the bearings before while cleaning your spinner. Once you’ve completed this step, the rest is rather easy.
STEP 2: Insert New Bearing
This will seem pretty intuitive. Take your new bearing and insert it into the center hole. If the bearing is loose, you may have bought the wrong size for your spinner. It’s not the end of the world, but it will affect the spin and might even wobble.
It’s a good idea to do a quick clean before you insert your new bearing, even just a quick rubbing alcohol rinse and dry.
STEP 3: Re-attach Covering/Cap
Whatever cap came originally with your fidget spinner, click that buddy back in place and… Voila! You have a brand-new ball bearing for your spinner.
What kind of things do you do to maintain your fidget spinner? Let us know in the comments!