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How should I clean hiking poles?

A bit of basic maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your trekking poles performing at their peak. Each pole manufacturer has recommendations for maintenance, so check for any brand-specific care tips. For example, some cleaning tips might be particular to Leki poles, while other trekking poles have different maintenance procedures.

However, some common care tips apply to any hiking trekking poles:

  • Dismantling: You can’t thoroughly clean hiking trekking poles without taking them apart. When it is time to clean your poles, unlock each section to separate them.
  • Drying: Use a soft cloth to dry the insides of your trekking poles as best you can.
  • Dirt removal: Use a small brush to clean dirt from the insides of trekking poles and from around the locking mechanism. Cleaning and drying your poles keeps the locking mechanism from slipping, so your hiking poles stay secure.

For expert advice about care and maintenance of hiking poles, visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop.

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