How to Clean and Take Care of UGG Boots

Now that winter’s rolling around, women are breaking out their iconic sheepskin UGG boots. These boots look great with jeans or leggings, making them one of the most popular winter footwear.

If you own UGG boots, you’ll definitely want to protect them as much as you can. The suede and sheepskin can easily get damaged if you don’t take care of it correctly. Before you start rocking your UGGs, make sure you know how to clean and care for UGG boots.

Everyday Care for UGG Boots

It’s best to prevent any stains or scuff marks on your boots before they even happen. Follow along with these tips to protect your UGGs.

Use Waterproof Spray

Don’t step out the door without applying UGG Protector Spray to your boots. This water-repellent spray wicks away moisture to prevent water stains. It’ll keep your boots looking like they just came out of the box!

To use it, simply spray it all over your clean boots until they become a bit damp. Dry your boots in a cool area—don’t put them in the sun or use a hairdryer.

Maintain Shape With Paper Towels

Over time, your boots will become less stiff, and end up losing their shape. Not only will they start bending when you take them off, but you also might notice some creases after you put them on.

To keep this from happening, crumple up some paper towels, and stuff them in your boots when you take them off. You can also do this same technique with rolled-up magazines. This will help keep the boot shape firm and rigid.

Avoid Stepping in Snow and Water

Avoiding snow and water is the most crucial aspect of taking care of your UGGs. Even if you use water-repellent spray on your UGGs, they’re still not completely waterproof.

That said, make sure you don’t step in puddles or piles of snow. Water can leave stains, as well as warp your boots.

Let Your Boots Dry

If your boots are a bit damp after a snowy day, don’t immediately stow them away. Otherwise, you’ll risk the formation of mold—let them air dry before storing them.

Keep in mind that it’ll take a while for your boots to dry if they’re soaked. To speed up the process, you might want to think about getting a handy boot dryer that won’t damage your UGGs.

Cleaning Techniques for UGG Boots

As much as you might try to keep your UGG boots squeaky clean, you still might accidentally damage them. Fortunately, you can fix most problems with just a few steps.

Cleaning Your UGGs

Frequently cleaning your UGG boots is the best way to maintain them. The UGG Shoe Care Kit comes with everything you need to keep your UGGs looking fresh: a protecting spray, conditioning solution, deodorizer, brush, as well as a scuff eraser.

While you can use the protecting spray as a way to make your boots water-repellent, you can use the conditioning spray to rejuvenate your boots. Here’s how to use the conditioner:

  1. Simply brush your boots with the included brush, and dampen them with a bit of water.
  2. Gently scrub your boots with a small amount of conditioner, and wipe off any excess product.
  3. Stuff your boots with paper towels.
  4. Let your boots dry for a whole day.
  5. Brush them once again, and they’re ready to wear.

Erasing Scuff Marks

Over time, your UGGs are bound to develop scuff marks. Luckily, the scuff mark eraser that comes included in the aforementioned UGG Shoe Care Kit can fix that.

  1. Wipe your boots clean of any dirt or debris.
  2. Rub the scuff mark with your eraser to make the mark vanish completely.
  3. For an even finish, brush the boots with a suede brush.

Removing Salt Stains

After trudging through slushy snow, you’ll find white, cloudy salt stains all over your boots. These steps will help you get rid of them:

  1. Wipe off any loose salt with a towel.
  2. Mix together an equal ratio of water and white vinegar.
  3. Dip a clean white towel into the mixture, and dab the stains with the damp towel. The vinegar reacts with the salt, making it disintegrate.
  4. Let the boots dry.

Removing Water Stains

Water stains are just as pesky as salt stains. These stains look like dark marks on your boots, and are usually a result of a heavy downpour, or from stepping in a puddle. Follow these steps to restore your UGGs:

  1. Rub a wet white cloth evenly over your boots. Don’t make your boots soaking wet, just make them damp.
  2. After that, stuff some paper towels inside the boots and let them air-dry. You’ll notice that the stains are gone after they dry.

Getting Rid of Smells

Wear your boots long enough, and they’ll develop a smell. If you don’t want to use the deodorizer in UGG’s Shoe Care Kit, you can use this home remedy instead:

  1. Pour a small amount of baking soda on the inside of each boot.
  2. Leave your boots out overnight.
  3. Vacuum up extra baking soda in the morning, and your boots should no longer stink.

Keep Your UGGs Looking Brand New

Don’t let your UGG boots fall victim to stains and water damage. Using the above instructions to maintain and clean your boots will make them look brand new.

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Emma Roth

Emma is a staff writer at Modern Ratio. Not only is she an avid writer and tech geek, she's an expert in makeup, skincare, and fashion. She's based in Connecticut.