Extend Your Clothes Life
Washing instructions are printed on the tag inside your knitwear. Following our garment care instructions will help make sure that your gear has a longer life. Wool requires less washing than clothes made from other fibres. But when it is time to wash your favourite item, you can follow either way below:
(1) Washing by hand - Fill the sink with lukewarm water (dip your hand in and the temperature should be about the same temperature as your hand – no warmer) use a mild neutral detergent (look for ‘wool wash’). Let your garments soak for 15 minutes, drain and rinse with lukewarm water. Squeeze water from your garments, avoid wringing them out.
(2) The easy way - Use the wool cycle on your washing machine (if there is one) – make sure the water is no more than 40 degrees Celcius.
Wash your Otto & Spike gear only when it’s absolutely necessary, you’ll conserve water and minimize wear and tear on your garments in the process. Even your most-used knitwear should only need a full wash occasionally. Wool has its own natural built in deodorisers!
Allow your knits to dry in the air naturally. Always flat dry wool knitwear if possible. To carefully flat dry wool clothing place on a light coloured towel, and one which is free from lint.
Don’t line or hang dry as this can cause knitted garments to stretch with so much moisture contained within the wet garment. Drying in this manner will result in the garment growing in length and losing its shape.
When drying, avoid direct sunlight, magnified sunlight (close to an outside window) or direct heat. Avoid placing your wool knitwear over a radiator to dry as this can discolour and scold the wool fibres.
Other frequent questions:
(1) Can I iron wool?
(2) Can I tumble dry my wool?
(3) Can I dry clean Merino wool?