How to Clean UGG Boots: A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you know how to clean your UGG boots? These stunning sheepskin and suede fashion icons have been the world’s favourite casual boot for decades, but that beautiful smooth suede can take a real beating over time and start to look a little shabby.

Like any suede shoes, UGG boots must be properly cared for to keep them looking their best, so we’ve put together our top tips on how to clean them at home. Our UGG cleaning tips combine simple home remedies and professional UGG care products so that you can pick the best option.

How to clean UGG boots at home

UGGs are a style staple, offering all-day comfort to fashion-forward men and women. To keep UGGs looking their best, providing proper care is a must. There are various methods of cleaning UGGs, and we’ve picked two of the best ways. Keep reading to learn more about UGG care.

Home remedy

The quickest and easiest way to give basic care to your UGG boots is with a simple suede brush and an eraser. Yes, that’s right, an eraser! You can pick up a suede brush at any decent supermarket or on Amazon for less than £5, and you can use any regular, plain, white eraser. You should avoid using coloured erasers, so the colour doesn’t transfer onto your boots.

You can also use a simple home store cupboard items to clean your UGG boots, so altogether, you will need:

  • A suede brush
  • A plain, white eraser
  • A white, soft clean cloth
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Before we start, it is important to note that this is not an UGG-approved cleaning method. However, many UGG owners have successfully used this method and greatly recommend it as an ideal alternative if you can’t get your hands on the official UGG cleaning products.

Step 1: Gently brush your boots in a single direction using your suede brush to remove any loose dirt and debris clinging to the suede.

Step 2: Use the eraser to buff away any large scuff marks gently and to remove any stubborn, stuck-on dirt

Step 3: Dampen your cloth with plain water, squeeze out any excess moisture and dab your boots with the cloth to wet the entire outer surface of the suede. Ensure your cloth is only damp, as soaking the boots will damage them.

Step 4: Mix equal parts vinegar and cold water. Dip a clean, damp cloth in the mixture and squeeze out any excess before using it to scrub away any remaining stains on your boots gently.

Step 5: Use another clean, damp cloth to gently dab your boots and wipe away any remaining vinegar solution.

Step 6: Stuff the inside of your boots with dry paper towels to help them keep their shape. Leave them to air dry overnight in a cool, dry place. Don’t be tempted to place them near radiators or in front of fans or heaters, as drying too quickly could cause your boots to lose their shape or become stiff.

Your boots should now look much fresher and stain-free. Regularly brushing the suede is a good idea to keep any surface dirt or debris from causing permanent damage.

Professional UGG care remedy

If you’d rather stick to the official product cleaning methods, you can easily pick up a bottle of UGG Cleaner and Conditioner from the UGG website. This product is quick and easy to use and is a great way of regularly cleaning UGGs.

Note: if you own a pair of Classic UGG Classic II boots, you will not need to apply this cleaning solution for at least 6 months after purchase because your boots are already pre-treated against water and staining.

Here’s how to clean UGG boots with the UGG Cleaner and Conditioner:

Step 1: Gently brush your boots with your suede brush to remove any surface dirt and debris

Step 2: Use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to moisten the surface of your boots. Apply a small amount of cleaning solution to the cloth or sponge and gently scrub your boots. Remove any remaining residue with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Stuff the inside of your boots with dry paper towels or paper to help maintain their shape. Leave your boots for 24 hours in a cool, well-ventilated area to dry overnight. Don’t leave near radiators, heaters, fans or in direct sunlight.

Step 4: Once dry, give your boots a final brush in a single direction with your suede brush to restore the original appearance of the suede.

Can you clean UGGs with soap and water?

Cleaning UGGs with soap and water is an option, but never put them in the washing machine, as this may cause damage to the boot’s structure and comfort. Due to the delicate material of UGG boots, a gentle approach is needed to clean them. You can use warm water and dish soap to freshen up your UGG’s appearance, as long as you don’t scrub too hard. Always remember to allow your UGGs to sit overnight before wearing them again.

Tip: Once your UGGs have been cleaned, sprinkle baking soda inside the boot or slipper to help deodorise them. The baking soda helps to absorb odours and any lingering dampness. Once left overnight, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda from inside the shoe.

How to prevent water damage

Once your UGGs are clean and looking fresh, adding an extra layer of protection is a good idea, especially against the rain. The official UGG Protector spray solution is one of the most highly recommended products to help prevent your UGGs from becoming water stained. It provides a protective barrier, preventing your UGGs from absorbing water and stains; ideal for those days when you and your boots inevitably get caught outside in the rain.

Here’s how to protect your UGG boots using UGG Protector Spray:

Step 1: Make sure your UGGs are clean and dry before application and that you’re applying in a well-ventilated room. Shake your bottle of UGG Protector well, hold it approximately 6 inches away from the surface of your boots and spray evenly until the suede is wet all over but not soaked.

Step 2: Leave your boots dry naturally in a cool, well-ventilated area. Don’t leave them in direct heat or sunlight or stand them in front of fans.

Step 3: Use your suede brush to gently brush the fabric in a single direction to restore the original appearance of the suede.

Do water stains go away on uggs?

Don’t let an unsightly water mark ruin the appearance of your UGGs! If your UGGs are water damaged, there is a way you restore them and bring them back to life. Whether you’ve been caught in the rain or spilt a drink on your UGGs, don’t panic. You can easily remove water stains from your UGG boots using the cleaning methods mentioned above. 

Now you know how to clean UGG boots at home, you can breathe new life into older pairs and keep any newer pairs looking in tip-top condition for much longer. If you want to treat yourself to a brand-new pair of UGGs, visit our full range of UGG boots, shoes and slippers for both men and women here at CHO Fashion & Lifestyle.

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