Pull any turns over the holidays yet? Your board or skis need some attention?
Here is our tip 2 for the right maintenance of board and skis and some information about the production of our organic Merino Underwear.
Organic merino wool, the consistent way for a responsible approach to nature.
Whoever deals with the production of merino wool and the conditions on conventional merino farms soon realizes: To protect animals and nature: Only organic merino.
Organic sheep may only be treated with antibiotics in case of illness and eat digestible grass on the pasture. Important for animal welfare: "Mulesing", a very painful procedure for the sheep, is strictly forbidden in organic production.
In contrast to conventional merino wool, the individual hairs of organic merino sheep are shorter and thinner. The yarn is therefore less robust and durable. Therefore, when handled roughly, small damages and pilling form a little faster.
At present, organic merino wool is very rare, as only a few farmers worldwide work within the strict regulations. In Switzerland there is not yet sufficient production of organic merino. We therefore obtain our organic wool from South America. If this is not enough for all shirts and pants, Australian organic wool is also purchased.
The South American wool is washed and combed directly on site, near the respective farm. To be able to wash your merino clothes in the machine, you need a special washing equipment for the wool. Our chlorine-free bleached wool travels to Hard on the Swiss border, to our partner Schoeller Wool. The Australian wool is shipped after shearing to Asia to be washed and combed there before it also arrives in Hard.
After finishing it is sent to Kresice in the Czech Republic. Here the wool is spun into fine yarn. The journey continues to Aldo Nägeli AG in Ermatingen. At Nägeli AG, the yarn is knitted on circular knitting machines into a fine merino fabric.
The company Wams AG in Buchs now sews the fabric into ROTAUF Underwear. Wams specializes in the production of functional sports and running wear and, in addition to ROTAUF, also supplies major brands such as Adidas, Swisscom and Swissski.
With these specialized and efficient partners we can offer our organic Merino underwear at a good price. We compensate 100% of the CO2 emitted by the transport with our partner Myclimate.
So you wear your Merino Underwear radical SWISS, radical ECO and radical FAIR.
Merino care instructions
In contrast to clothes made of sheep's wool, textiles made of merino wool are very easy to care for. When washing and storing, however, the following instructions should be observed
normal washing program wash at 30 °C in a washing bag
Spinning speed 400-600
do not use heavy-duty detergent, fabric softener or bleach, only mild detergent for wool
Do not put merino wool in the dryer
in storage keep lying down
Important: Pull out carefully when wet
From underwear to fertilizer
Our Merino products are made of 100% natural fibres and are dyed with environmentally friendly colours. This way, when they are broken and worn out, they can fulfil their last task as nitrogen fertiliser in the compost.
Service tips for ski & snowboard
Repair the coating
You need a repairstick, a lighter, a brush and a coating scraper.
Filling the notch
First clean the notch. Then heat the repair stick with a lighter or a candle until it becomes liquid. Let the liquid material drip into the affected area and make sure that no or as little soot as possible gets into the notch. In this way fill up all notches and damages.
Now the coating must cool down for at least 30 minutes. To remove the excess filling material, a sharp scraper or a sharp, flat blade is recommended. Finally, if necessary, carefully remove fine edges and uneven transitions with a fine sandpaper.
Removing the hardenings
First of all, the edges are cleaned from eyebrows, dirt and rust with the aluoxide stone. Move the stone carefully over the damaged or dirty areas until the edge is flat and clean again.
Hanging the edge
The edge on the flooring side should fall off the flooring by about 0.5 degrees. This makes the ski or board more turnable. Usually newer models are already delivered in this way. The corresponding angle is set on the edge grinder. Pull from front to back with little pressure. At the nose or ski shovel or at the end of the ski, the angle can even be increased to 1° to 1.5° to prevent canting even better.
Grinding the side edge
Now clamp the board or ski with the side edge to be sanded facing upwards. The choice of the appropriate degree is a matter of personal preference. Degrees below 87° are particularly suitable for racing or icy conditions. 87° and 88° are very good all-round values. But the most important thing is that the edges are sharp and have no eyebrows or damage. With the edge grinder you now drive from front to back with light pressure over the edge is sharp again. Turn over your snowboard or ski, clamp it again and do the same with the second edge.
Finally, remove metal residues and remaining burrs again with the aluminium oxide stone.
After the skis or snowboard have cooled down for about 20 to 30 minutes, the ski or snowboard can be removed. With the scraper, the excess wax is first removed with light pressure, later with more pressure from front to back. While doing so, run the edge over it until no more wax can be removed. Remove the wax completely from the edges.
Brushing the structure
Now the structure is brushed out again. Work in running direction here as well. With the snowboard you can also provide for a slightly sloping base structure. Finally polish with a cloth.
Before storing after winter it is recommended to wax again and leave a layer of wax on the flooring and the edge. This way the flooring will not dry out over the summer and the edges will not rust.