Figure skating guards are usually made of plastic with a simple spring or other mechanical device to hold the guards tightly to the blades. They can be found in many colors and with internal lights that blink as the skater walks. They are also called 'blade guards'. Figure skating guards historically were made of wood, but this has been supplanted in the last thirty years by plastic. Always use guards when off the ice. Rubber mats around rinks frequently are dirty and gritty and walking without guards can dull edges quickly. Keep your guards clean by flushing them with water periodically.Don't store your skates with guards on. Trapped water can rust your blades. Use Terry Soakers for protecting your blades when stored.