Ski & Snowboard
When you realize that the equipment under your feet are not moving well, a bit grabby, fighting your turns or just making you work too hard it just maybe there isn’t enough wax there. For times like this use a small bar of ski wax, rub it on the bases after every few runs. It won't replace old hot wax but will get you by especially when some of that magic begins to return back in the next run down. The type of wax I carry in my pocket for this is either the "All temperature wax" or the "Spring Wax"; They are good all-purpose ski/board wax.
Back at the vacation lodge If you can and have the tools and time do this quick fast wax job. First clean the bottom of the skis with a lint free cloth. then brush the base with a copper brush to remove the remaining old dirty wax. Now rub the wax on the base as even as possible, then cork the base vigorously, scrape off the wax with an acrylic plastic scrapper. Then nylon brush it. if you have a horsehair brush then use it as final brush. Now you’re ready.
If you find a hair dryer then after you copper brush the base, warm up the base with the hair dryer then rub on the wax, then heat the wax with the dryer then cork the base vigorously, scrape off the wax and nylon brush it. if you have a horsehair brush then use it as a final brush. Now you’re ready to explode.
End of Ride Day:
As a basic practice for a good equipment hygiene we recommend wiping down the ski or snowboard after each day of riding with a clean cloth, preferably a lint free soft cloth. Wipe the whole equipment dry and clean. This will minimize rusting of edges, reduce the grime penetration on the base and extend binding function.
After each ski or board day clean the base bottom with a copper brush. The Copper brush is the softest brush available. It does everything that any other metal brush does (remove wax, any hardened residue on the base, and dirt) except create structure therefore it does not create micro-plastic hairs that will slow the ski down, especially in powder snow. Therefore, the Copper brush is used for general wax removal. If a hard cold wax is used for its removal follow with nylon brush as well as for removal of an HF wax in very dirty snow where it is critical to remove all paraffin based wax out of the base. Don't forget to wax the board before ou go out and ride.
A good policy is to check your edges for deburr or work-harden areas or rust on your edges and remove them right after they occur or after each day of riding and at the very least before every waxing of your ski or board. The pressure and heat of impact on the edge causes the metal to become “work-hardened” and files just slips right over the area subsequently too hard to cut with a file. Stones either a ceramic or diamond stone can soften the work-harden metal. A Grey Gummy (coarse) stone is great for removing rust as well as burrs. Emery cloth also works well.