Cleaning off Grip Wax

Cleaning Grip Zones

When you are done skiing on your waxable classic skis, removing the kick wax is key if you're packing your ski bag for travel or your kick wax has picked up a lot of grime from the trails. Also, if the weather forecast is predicting a change of kick wax or when it's the end of the season, it's time to clean off that old grip wax. Especially if it's Klister or another sticky hardwax, cleaning kick wax can be a harrowing process if you don't know the tricks!

How-To Video


1) Use a grip wax scraper to remove as much of the wax as you can. If the wax is not coming off nicely, you can try heating it with a heat gun before scraping.

2) Squirt a decent amount of wax remover on the grip zone and let it sit for a minute or two.

3) Leaving the wax remover on the grip zone, use a bit of Fibertex to rub off any kick wax still stuck to the base until the wax remover is a slurry. Be sure to thoroughly clean the sidewalls and groove of the ski with the Fibertex.

4) Use a piece of Fiberlene or shop towel to wipe off the slurry from the grip zone and sidewalls.

5) Soak a section of Fiberlene or shop towel with wax remover and wipe down the grip zone and sidewalls until there's no more stickiness.

6) Your skis are now ready for travel, storage, or the next kick wax application. Your future self will thank you for taking care of business!

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Ski Waxing Safety Measures

When applying ski wax products, it's crucial to prioritize safety to minimize exposure to potentially harmful dust, fumes, or residues. By implementing proper safety measures, you can enjoy a safe and successful waxing process.

Follow these Safe Waxing Guidelines:

  1. Choose a Well-Ventilated Space: Opt for outdoor waxing whenever possible to ensure proper ventilation. If indoors, make sure there's adequate air exchange, such as using range hoods or fans. Notify waxing facility staff or race organizers if ventilation is lacking.
  2. Use A Respirator: The ski waxing process produces smoke, dust and fumes. Respirators that cover your eyes are best and check the cartridges for a fluorocarbon rating. Be mindful that smoke from waxing irons & waxing machines, dust from scraping and brushing, evaporating solvents in liquid waxes, dust from wool-apply waxes, and fumes from heating grip waxes and klisters are all present in the wax room. 
  3. Minimize Skin Exposure; Wear Gloves: Chemical compounds present in various wax types can be absorbed through the skin. Wearing gloves not only keep your hands clean, but it is essential to reduce exposure to potentially harmful compounds.
  4. Limit Wax Room Access: Ensure that only authorized individuals involved in the waxing process are present in the wax room.
  5. Proper Wax Waste Disposal: Dispose of wax shavings and dust responsibly by collecting them in a plastic garbage bag.

Prioritize Safety for Your Well-Being and the Environment

With a commitment to responsible practices, any wax can be utilized safely while minimizing harm to both your well-being and the environment. By adhering to the recommended safety protocols every time you enter a wax room and equipping yourself with the appropriate safety gear, you can confidently achieve optimal results and fully enjoy the performance of your fast skis.

Remember, your safety is paramount, and responsible waxing ensures a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Enjoy your skiing adventures to the fullest!