We’re starting 2019 off with a bang, and we thought it would be best to start off with a question we get asked often: what is the best way to maintain your climbing holds? It seems like a fairly straightforward question, but there are several things you need to consider when taking care of your climbing holds to help ensure they last as long as possible.

Factors such as the temperature, where holds are stored, what kind of material they are and even what you clean with can have a huge impact on the life of your holds.

Keep reading for our top 5 tips for maintaining your climbing holds.

Tip #1: Route set regularly and move climbing holds around, and clean your holds between each set

Route setting regularly will encourage different parts of the hold to be used and shares the wear across the surface of the hold. Cleaning your  holds between each set will not only help maintain wear but increase the colour of the hold and will help avoid black shoe marks or grime stains.

Tip #2 Avoid putting polyester climbing holds on uneven surfaces

Polyester holds have barely any flexibility so placing them on an uneven surface can cause them to crack and break. However, holds made out of polyurethane have a good margin of flexibility on uneven surfaces. They are great on all types of climbing wall surfaces.

Tip #3 Polyurethane holds can become disfigured if placed in a very hot environment

For example, if polyurethane holds are placed in a very hot building in summer, or on an outdoor wall in direct sunlight, they can sometimes warp. However, there are solutions to bring them back into shape!

Tip #4 Sun will kill the colour of your holds

The UV from the sun will eventually change the colour of all climbing holds. This happens faster to polyurethane holds and even faster if it is a fluorescent colour.

Tip #5 Never wash GRP painted volumes with a high pressure water cleaner

GRP painted volumes are usually large fiberglass holds with a different colour back. Using a high pressure water cleaner will blast the colour off the volume. We suggest using standard tap water pressure and a brush.