If you have a fidget spinner you’ll know just how satisfying they can be and just how good a toy they can be to pass the time. However, over time, you may find that your finger spinner loses its edge a tad, and that you need to either give it a good clean or make some running repairs to get it back working at maximum speed. These tips will get you on your way.
When you first buy your fidget spinner, the first thing you appreciate is just how quickly it spins. But with use comes wear and tear and the speed will begin to deteriorate, which also means it won’t spin for anywhere near the same length of time – you won’t notice it from use to use, but over an extended period it makes a big difference.
This is usually caused by a build-up of dirt, grease or other particles, and it’s essential that you keep it from accumulating, as it will be harder to clean out if you don’t. Perhaps the most effective way of cleaning the bearing in your fidget spinner is to saturate it in warm water and soap, allowing it to soak – mixing in some citrusy juice can be helpful too. Once soaked for 15 minutes or so, thoroughly dry your bearing and give it a spin. If your spinner still isn’t at optimum speed, repeat the process.
Rubbing in lubricant is another great way of cleaning your finger spinners. However, while lubricants are a good way of speeding up your spinner, as perhaps you would expect, you have to be careful which ones you use, as the bearing is going to be in contact with your skin often and you don’t want it to be an irritant. Hence, use water-based lubricants to clean your fidget spinner.
How to Repair
Repairing your finger spinner is sometimes a more time-consuming process. A general fault is your bearing becoming loose – for your spinner to work properly, there needs to be a tight fit. Try adding a little tape to the bearing if you have this problem, some experimentation may be required.
If your fidget spinner has always been slow, then it’s probably not dirty but needs to be loosened up. A good way to do this is to soak your bearing in a harsher substance such as paint thinner as a lubricant. This will reduce the friction inside the finger spinner and enable you to get the most out of your toy. Lubricants work because they help to separate the metals within the bearing so that they do not touch each other.
Depending on which fidget spinner you buy, your product may come with a warranty, so be certain to exercise that if you have the chance.
To eliminate, or at least reduce the repairs you have to make, ensure you purchase a high-quality finger spinner in the first place which has received great reviews – the initial investment will pay dividends in the long run.