I have a friend who scored a great deal on Ugg Boots at a yard sale. They were her size and the exact color she was looking for. The only problem was that they were a little bit dirty and needed to be cleaned. She asked if I could do a little research to figure out how to clean Ugg boots, so that’s exactly what I did!
If you have Ugg boots then you know they’re a bit pricy. However, they’re also very practical and have become a winter fashion staple for many of you. That means you probably plan on keeping those Uggs for years! And for that reason alone, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about how to clean Ugg boots.
How to Clean Ugg Boots
The suede material on most Uggs isn’t the best to wear in winter conditions like sludge and snow. Wearing them in the snow can make your Uggs look shabby and old. That means you might need to clean them more frequently during the winter season.
Here are a few tips on how to clean and take care of your ugg boots.
How to clean surface grime and dirt off your Ugg boots:
Just like with any shoe, there’s a good chance your Uggs will get dirty with just normal wear and tear. However, the key is to clean them early.
- Brush Uggs with a soft brush (like a toothbrush) to remove surface grime an dirt. To clean the suede Ugg boots, gently go over the water marks and other stains that have built up on the boots.
- Gently brush your Ugg boots with a damp cloth. As much as possible, do not soak it with water because the water could stretch the material causing your boots too lose their shape.
- Use Ugg boot cleaner and follow the directions on the bottle for the mixture. Give your boots a good scrub with a sponge and remember to scrub over all parts of both boots. The cleaner can affect the appearance of the boots so the color of the material may not look consistent if you only scrub the stain.
- Stuff the inside with old newspapers to reshape the boots.
- Place your Uggs in a dry cool place for 24-48 hours. But don’t put them next to a fire or heater to dry because those could possibly destroy or damage your boots.
How to remove tough stains (Mud, Glue, Blood, Grease) from your Ugg boots:
I sure hope you never get a tough stain like blood or grease on your Uggs. That would be a bummer for sure. However, if you do, here are a few options to consider.
- Gently rub a pencil eraser on the stain.
- If the eraser doesn’t remove the stain, try vinegar. Apply a few drops of vinegar on the affected area. Just make sure you don’t rub it in because it could spread the stain. Let it sit for five minutes, then use a paper towel to soak up the vinegar.
- Hydrogen peroxide is another option (ideal for blood stain removal) to try. However, be very, very careful since Hydrogen peroxide often has as a bleaching effect.
- For grease stains, apply a talcum powder on the affected area of your boot to soak up oil. Leave it overnight and then brush it off with a very soft brush. Repeat several times if necessary.
How to deodorize Ugg boots:
Lets face it. After years of wearing your Uggs, there’s a good chance they might stink. Stinky shoes happen to the best of us though so here’s a trick to deodorize Uggs.
- Combine 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Add a couple drops of essential oil (affiliate) for a fresh scent.
- Sprinkle the mixture inside the boots and shake them around so it covers the entire area.
- Let the mixture sit overnight.
- Repeat. If your Uggs still stink, repeat the process.
So there you go. Whether your Ugg boots sink, have a tough stain, or are just in need of a little scrubbing, these are the tips I gave to my friend to clean her old (but new-to-her) Ugg boots. Of course, some Uggs can be damaged beyond repair and despite your efforts to clean them.
Keep in mind that these tips, just like all the tips I share on this blog, are based on my own experience and shouldn’t be taken as a definitive guide. Do your research and use these tips at your own risk. I’m not replacing any Uggs…especially since I don’t have any of my own 🙂
Learn more about cleaning shoes and other fabrics in our cleaning cloth section.