It is supposed that taking care for ice skates is not important at all. However, one must give proper care to a pair of skates for them to last long. It is possible that your skates get cleaned out within months or weeks if they are not taken proper care of.
When you are off the ice and still wearing skates, ensure that you wear rubber or plastic skate guards over skate blades without fail. Skate guards help to protect the blades from grit and hard surfaces that quickly ruin a well-sharpened blade. Also, it keeps the skate guards at the border of the ice and places them on your skate blades even if you are off the ice for a while. A very important point to remember is that when you are not using skates; do not leave skate guards on the blades as they may catch moisture even when you are not near the ice.
Experts are of the opinion that skate blades should be manually dried just after skating. Make use of one or two very porous golf size terry cloth towels to clean down the metal plate, the boot, and the blades. It is important that you concentrate on the metal parts of the skate. One should never leave skates to be wiped later. When the moisture is removed from them, completely cover the blades with fabric blade covers.
Do not store skates in a travel bag at home. Make sure that they are removed from the bag instantly so that both the metal and the leather parts can air dry. It is also advised that you release the laces and pull the tongue of each boot slightly forward. You can also lay the skates on their sides on a dry towel so that they do not touch. Allow them to air dry in a place where they are exposed to light. But ensure that they are not placed away from any heat source and are under the direct sunlight. If they are placed below direct sunlight, they may possibly dry out and the leather will crack. Thus, taking care of your hockey equipment is as significant as training for the sport.