How to clean Uggs in four simple steps to keep them in perfect condition

Help your boots to look new again with our guide on how to clean Uggs

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Ask anyone who has ever owned a pair of Uggs, and most of them will tell you that they cannot imagine life without them. They keep your feet toasty, are built to last, and never go out of style. Our guide to how to clean Uggs will help keep them in top condition and restore even the grubbiest of Uggs back to their former glory. 

The brand, founded in 1978 by a young Australian surfer in southern California, has expanded and gone from strength to strength over the years. However, although they rank among the best winter boots for many, Uggs are also quite easy to stain, thanks to the plush sheepskin that gives them their unique appearance and warmth. Before you give up on your grubby Uggs, though, let's take a look at how to clean Uggs yourself in four simple steps.

How often should you clean your Uggs?

Taking care of Uggs is pretty easy. You only have to clean them when they are dirty enough to bother you or give off an unpleasant odor. However, the more you clean—and protect—them, the less likely it is that they will develop permanent stains. If you enjoy wearing them daily, you may want to clean them more often, even weekly.

How to clean your Uggs

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So many people have tossed out their Uggs because they got stained and dirty-looking. The sheepskin suede is prone to showing specks of mud, watermarks, salt stains, and scuffs, that are hard to ignore. The good news is, most of these stains are removable if you know the proper tricks to get it done. 

1. Wipe away dirt and scuff marks

You can use any soft brush for this part. It could be a nail brush or a regular cleaning brush. You can also use a standard eraser (we recommend avoiding the pink erasers and sticking with white to avoid further stains). If you do not have easy access to either of these things, suede cleaning kits can work. 

Once you have your brush, you can simply get to work wiping away any stuck-on dirt. The eraser will help remove scuff marks.

2. Dampen your Uggs

Use a small bowl and combine cold water and distilled white vinegar in equal parts. 

Dip a clean cloth in the water and vinegar mixture and wring out to remove excess liquid. Wipe down the boot with the cloth, making sure that you don't soak your boot. This can cause more problems than it will fix. And never scrub Uggs vigorously because you may accidentally remove some color.

When you have removed the stains as much as possible, you will need to use another clean dampened cloth to remove the vinegar and water.

Vinegar is a great cleaning tool, so make sure you're always stocked up. Check out our guides on how to clean a dishwasher, how to clean copper and how to clean a toilet to see how else you can use this household item. 

3. Stuff your Uggs

You can use scrap paper or paper towels, but the goal is to fill your boots with something. It will help them maintain their shape while damp. Once stuffed, you can set them aside in a cool, ventilated area away from direct heat and sunlight. 

It is important that you remember to never put your Uggs near a heater or a fan to dry. Doing so could cause them to become too stiff and may even make them shrink.

4. Protect your Uggs

Now that your Uggs look as good as new, try your best to keep them that way. Luckily, there is an Ugg Protectant that will help. It shields your boots from rain, snow, dirt and other stains.

Cleaning tips to keep your Uggs in great condition

How to get waters stains out of Uggs

Water stains will inevitably happen. If you notice before they set in or dry, you can rub one boot against the other. It may sound odd, but rubbing them together often makes the stain disappear.

For more advice on how to get out tricky stains, check out our guides on how to get stains out of a carpet and how to remove wine stains.

How to clean smelly Uggs

Uggs are shoes that are best worn without socks because they moderate your body temperature to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With that in mind, if they become a little smelly on the inside, you can put two teaspoons of both baking soda and cornstarch inside them. Shake the mixture around and let it sit for a few hours. Dump out the mixture and your Uggs will be odor-free.

How to get oil out of Uggs

Did you get grease on your Uggs? Don't sweat it! Simply take a little chalk or talcum powder and apply it to the stain. Set them aside overnight and brush off the powder. In most cases, the powder or chalk will soak up the grease and get rid of the stain.

Can you wear Uggs in the rain?

To ensure your boots are always look great, you will want to avoid wearing them during heavy rain. As previously mentioned, Uggs should never be soaked in water. If it rains suddenly when you are wearing them you don't have to run around barefoot, but when you get home use a towel to wipe them down and help them dry.