Knowing how to clean a fidget spinner bearing is one of the most common problems in the spin community. Though a lot of people have different nuances, the general theory of cleaning is simple. There are essentially three steps to it, and you can see huge increases in spin time.
The theory here is to clean the bearing, just the same as you would clean anything else. Secondly you must then make sure there is no water in the bearing as this will cause it to rust FAST. Thirdly is drying the bearing.
Take your bearing out of the spinner. This isn’t always possible, and that’s not a problem, it will just make things easier.
Remove the bearing covers if your bearing has them. This will mean you can get into the bearing when cleaning
Step 1: Cleaning
Cleaning the bearing is just like cleaning pretty much anything else, and as such there are different options. However, the best and most readily available is to run some warm water and add everyday dishwashing liquid to the water. Just drop your bearing in the solution and let it soak for about 30 seconds. Then, take a toothbrush and clean the bearing in the water. The bristles will be able to get in the bearing and clean the most part of the much and dirt out of the bearing.
As you scrub with the toothbrush the bearing should naturally turn which will mean you get in all of the little bits. Just do a couple of passes to make sure.
Step 2: Washing
Washing the bearing is to make sure that there is no ore little particulates in the bearing, it also makes sure that there is no water left in the bearing that could lead to rust.
To do this you will need some high percentage alcohol. The higher the percentage of alcohol, the better, but anything over 90% should be fine, so unfortunately the liquor cabinet won’t be viable.
Buy High % alcohol US ($7.25) / UK (£6.45)
Pour a bit of the alcohol into a small dish and put your bearing in, then let it soak again for about 30 seconds. Then start to gently turn the bearing, this is best done with a toothpick, but you can do it by hand if you want. (This might hurt if you have any cuts!)
Step 3: Drying
Drying the bearing is just to make sure there is no more liquid in the bearing. If you have skipped the alcohol stage (not advised unless you have a 100% ceramic bearing) then the drying step is a MUST.
The most efficient way to dry the bearing with a can of compressed air, or an air duster. These are available pretty cheap from a lot of different places. However, something like a hear dryer will do fine as well.
Buy Air Duster US ($13.59) / UK (£6.16)
Make sure to gently turn the bearing when you are drying to make sure that all of the liquid is exposed and then removed. Once youre happy the bearing is dry, you are set to put it back in your spinner and spin away.
If you don’t see an adequate time difference in your spin times, then repeat steps 1-3 until you are happy.
do you have a better technique or any improvements? Let us know in the comments!