MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
Due to the COVID-19 measures, the collection of skis and snowboards that have been dropped off for maintenance is not possible. Don't worry, we will of course keep them safe and sound for you! As soon as the shops open again, we will share a new update and you can pick up your gear as soon as possible.
To ensure maximum ski/snowboard fun and prolong the life of your equipment, it is important to keep it in good condition. Our maintenance experts prepare your ski or snowboard with the latest "state of the art" equipment. To avoid unnecessary time pressure, it is important to bring the equipment for maintenance in good time. Please remove the bindings of your snowboard beforehand.
MAINTENANCE RATES SKI AND SNOWBOARD
|SMALL||€ 22,50||€ 32,50|
|SMALL SUPER||€ 32,50||€ 42,50|
|LARGE||€ 32,50||€ 42,50|
|LARGE SUPER||€ 42,50||€ 52,50|
|WAXING*||€ 10,00||€ 10,00|
|REMOVAL OF SNOWBOARD BINDINGS FOR MAINTENANCE||€ 2,50|
*Only waxing (without edge grinding) is possible at the branches in Landgraaf, Rucphen, Terneuzen and Zoetermeer. In Rucphen and Terneuzen it is also possible to have a hand waxing done. The costs for this are € 19,95.
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In a small snowboard maintenance service, your snowboard will be cleaned and pre-sharpened. After that, the steel edges are sharpened to the right angle and tuned for good grip and easy turning. In the end, the snowboard is provided with a warm wax layer and polished for a finishing touch.
SMALL SUPER SKI
In a small ski super service your skis will first be cleaned and pre-sharpened. After that the steel edges will be pre-sharpened and the base layer will be given the optimal vario structure by stone grinding. Then the steel edges are radially tuned for an extremely good grip and even more turning power. Finally, your skis are pre-heated by infrared heat, after which they are given a warm wax layer twice and polished as a finishing touch.
SMALL SUPER SNOWBOARD
In a small snowboard super service your snowboard will be cleaned and pre-sharpened. After that, the steel edges are pre-sharpened and the base layer is provided with the most optimal vario structure by stone grinding. Next, the steel edges are radially tuned for an extremely good grip and even more turning power. Finally, your snowboard is pre-heated by infrared heat and provided with a warm wax layer twice, and polished as a finishing touch.
In case of a major ski maintenance, your skis will first be cleaned and roughly pre-sharpened so that the deeper damages will be pressed closed by the P-Tex Master. Then the excess filling material will be ground away and the base layer will be given a new structure by means of stone grinding. Then the steel edges are ground and tuned for good grip and easy turning. Finally, your skis will be warmly waxed and polished as a finishing touch.
In a large snowboard maintenance service, your snowboard will first be cleaned and roughly pre-sharpened. The P-Tex Master and the hand filler gun will close the deeper damages. After that, the excess filling material will be ground away and the base layer will be ground flat. After that, the steel edges are sharpened and tuned for good grip and easy turning. Finally, your snowboard is provided with a warm wax layer and polished as a finishing touch.
LARGE SUPER SKI
In a large ski super service, your skis will first be cleaned and roughly pre-sharpened so that the deeper damages are pressed by the P-Tex Master. Then the excess filler material will be ground away and the base layer will be given the optimal vario structure by stone grinding. Then the steel edges are sharpened and radially tuned for an extremely good grip and even more turning power. Finally, your skis are pre-heated by infrared heat and then they are waxed twice and polished as a finishing touch.
LARGE SUPER SNOWBOARD
In a large snowboard super service your snowboard will first be cleaned and roughly pre-sharpened. The P-Tex Master and the hand filler gun will close the deeper damages. Next, the excess filling material will be ground away and the base layer will be given the optimal vario structure by stone grinding. Then the steel edges are sharpened and radially tuned for an extremely good grip and even more turning power. Finally, your snowboard is pre-heated by infrared heat and provided with a warm wax layer twice, and polished as a finishing touch.
Please contact the shop for up to date information on the duration of a service (because of the corona virus, times can vary somewhat, so we cannot make a fixed estimate).
HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SKIS OR SNOWBOARD?
If you want to keep your skis or snowboard in top condition, you should take good care of your equipment. The belay (running surface of the ski/snowboard) should not dry out, the steel edges should remain sharp and rust-free, and the ski bindings should be checked every year. You can bring your skis or snowboard to our shops, but a lot of the work can also be done yourself.
This page explains how to maintain your equipment yourself in rough steps, and the video shows which material you need.
WHAT CAN I DO MYSELF?
A lot of maintenance can be done yourself. For simple maintenance jobs, such as waxing and sharpening, you don't need a lot of equipment. Ideal for updating your equipment during a holiday.
Waxing a snowboard or ski is quite simple. Wax regularly, a well waxed ski/snowboard is more durable but above all it glides much better. Before waxing, make the snowboard or skis dry and clean. Make sure the ski/snowboard is at temperature (not freezing). Melt and spread the wax on the base with an iron. Spread the wax in the direction of the ski. The wax must never smoke. If the wax begins to smoke during melting it will lose all its gliding properties. When the wax is dry, scrape off all excess wax with a special wax scraper (hard plastic plate) in pushing movements in the direction of glide. Finally brush the wax with a special wax brush in the direction of glide (this creates grooves in the wax which make the ski glide even better)!
Regular waxing is a must. Once a week is certainly not excessive. If you carry out other maintenance work on your skis or board in addition to waxing, do this before waxing. Waxing is literally the finishing touch.
WHICH TYPE OF WAX?
There are many types on the market. From extremely expensive competition waxes to cheaper universal waxes. If you do not ski to a tenth of a second a universal wax, which is suitable for all temperatures, will do just fine. Possibly, for the real hobbyist, several waxes are for sale in order to prepare the skis properly for every temperature. But again a good all-round wax works fine for most skiers. Personally I wax a lot with a so-called cold wax, because this wax is harder and keeps the ski in condition for longer. At the moment we have 4 basic waxes in our range:
- Betamix Red; the basic wax. Ideal to use as a first wax layer.
- Alphamix Yellow; for the warmer temperatures and good to use for waxing skis/snowboards clean.
- Ultramix Blue: for colder temperatures.
- Indoor hot wax: because the wax is harder than the other three, this is the perfect base if you do a lot of indoor skiing/snowboarding.
On top of the basic wax layer you can easily apply another layer to increase your glide speed. If you apply a fluorine wax (increases speed), make sure that you never use the fluorine wax as a base layer. This causes the pores to burn and the skis to dry out.
HOW DO I WASH WINTER SPORTSWEAR?
We often get questions about how to wash ski and snowboard clothing. On this page, we will address that.
CAN I JUST WASH MY SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLOTHING?
Yes, they can be washed up to 30 degrees, unless otherwise indicated on the label. Please use a normal washing programme. You can choose a neutral detergent, but nowadays there are also special detergents on the market for technical materials. Use a normal wash cycle. You can use a neutral detergent but nowadays there are also special detergents for technical materials; Holmenkol has developed some special detergents for cleaning and impregnating technical clothing.
Note: Do not use fabric softeners, chlorine and bleach. These can damage the fibres of the fabrics. Centrifuging is allowed.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRODUCT RANGE:
- Holmenkol Textile Wash 500; liquid detergent for hygienic maintenance while maintaining breathability.
- Holmenkol High Tec Proof 250; an impregnating agent for leather and textiles.
- Holmenkol Natural Wash 250; a mild washing balm, especially suitable for natural fibres such as (merino) wool, silk, etc: (merino) wool, silk and natural fillings (feather, down).
- Holmenkol Sport Hygenic; a deodorant for your ski or snowboard boots.
WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN WASHING A DOWN JACKET?
If you have bought a down jacket, remember that it needs to be looked after in a different way than most other jackets. It would be a shame to ruin your beautiful down jacket after just one wash! In this video our advisor Carolien explains step-by-step how to wash your down jacket.
TO THE DRY CLEANER?
It sounds like the easiest and best option: just drop off your down jacket at the dry cleaner's and pick it up again a few days later like new. But beware: many dry cleaners use chemical cleaning! Dry cleaning is harmful for down jackets, because it causes the jacket to lose its resilience, making it seem heavier and less comfortable around the body. Do you want to take your down jacket to the dry cleaner? Please make sure to mention in advance that the jacket cannot be dry cleaned.
HAND WASH OR MACHINE WASH?
A hand wash is of course always a safe way to clean your jacket, but you can also wash your jacket in the washing machine. There are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, it is important to set the washing machine to the 'wool wash' programme and to set the temperature to a maximum of 40 degrees (for most coats 30 degrees is enough). Then put the down jacket in the washing machine and make sure it has enough space. Finally, spin the machine for as short a time as possible. Do not use fabric softener, chlorine and/or bleach.
WHAT KIND OF DETERGENT IS SUITABLE?
Normal detergents are absolutely not suitable for washing down jackets. Regular detergents have a degreasing effect and break down the natural fat of the down. We recommend using a special down washing detergent. A natural product that is suitable for washing down jackets is Natural Wash 250 by Holmenkol.
HOW DO I GET A DOWN JACKET DRY AGAIN?
After washing, you can put your down jacket in the dryer. Choose a very low temperature drying programme (this can take up to 3 hours!). Put a couple of tennis balls in the dryer to loosen the down during the drying cycle. This way you make sure that the coat does not come out of the dryer as a flat package. Don't have a tumble dryer or don't want to use it? Of course you can just hang the coat outside. Just shake it out regularly to prevent the down feathers from sticking together, which would reduce the insulating power of the jacket. Also make sure the jacket is not hanging in full sunlight.
JUST TO BE SURE
If you are unsure about how to best treat your down jacket, check the label on your winter jacket. The label will usually indicate the best way to wash it. Not sure what all the icons on the label mean? Then we have compiled a handy overview of all the icons and their meanings below: