UGGs are the perfect winter footwear — they keep you warm, look stylish, and feel great on your feet. But like other shoes made from suede or sheepskin, they are susceptible to water, salt, and mud stains. Cleaning these can be a bit tricky, but it’s not impossible. By using a few simple household items, you can get your Uggs looking new again.
The official UGG website recommends blotting any spills or stains right away and applying a water and stain repellent to your shoes before wearing them in wet weather. This should be done regularly – every few months or at least each season, depending on how often you wear them. This should prevent most minor spots and help your boots last longer.
However, if you’re already struggling with water or salt stains on your Uggs, there are other ways to clean them. For example, you can try rubbing a stick of white chalk over the stains to get rid of them. You can also mix a solution of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water, apply it to the affected area with a cloth, and let it sit overnight. The acetic acid in the vinegar will dissolve the salt, and the shoe will be ready to wear the next day.
Another option for removing stains on suede shoes is to brush the soiled area with a suede brush, nail brush, or even an old toothbrush. Use gentle strokes and move in the direction of the nap (the ridged pattern of the suede). This will remove loose dirt and help your shoes look good as new.
You can also sprinkle your shoes with talcum powder or cornstarch to remove grease stains from suede. These will work better than soap and water, which tend to discolor suede over time.
Alternatively, you can also put your Uggs in the refrigerator for an hour or two to help remove any odor. This should work well for most smells, but if the odor is really strong or persistent, you can also try rubbing the shoes with a scented dryer sheet or some baking soda.
You can also use a commercial deodorizer to treat stinky Uggs. Just be sure to read the directions on the bottle carefully, since some are harsher than others and may damage the sheepskin.