Sheepskin and suede boots, such as those made by UGG, are quite stylish and comfortable. However, the outside can easily become scuffed and look dirty. And for some people, the interior begins to smell unpleasant.
While there are certain brands of boots that can be machine-washed, they are made of synthetic materials that look quite similar to sheepskin. True sheepskin and UGG brand boots are made from a real animal hide that has been tanned to create the soft finish. They should be hand-cleaned and never tossed in a washer.
|How to Clean Sheepskin UGG Boots|
|Detergent||Gentle leather soap|
|Cycle Type||Do not machine wash|
|Drying Cycle Type||Do not machine dry|
|Special Treatments||Spot clean stains|
|Iron Settings||Do not iron|
Working Time: Varies based on the type of stain
Total Time: Varies based on the type of stain
Skill Level: Beginner
What You Need
- Cold water
- Distilled white vinegar
- Suede and nubuck cleaner
- Baby powder or cornstarch
- Baking soda
- Phenolic spray disinfectant (Lysol)
- Anti-fungal spray
- White cloth or sponge
- Toothbrush (optional)
- Suede or soft-bristled brush
- Cotton ball
Instructions for Overall Cleaning
Brush the Boots
Sheepskin boots should be brushed with a suede brush after every wearing to remove dust and loose soil. Start at the top and brush down following the nap of the hide.
Use a Suede Cleaner
For overall cleaning, there are detergents made for cleaning leather. Follow the directions carefully and shampoo your boots starting at the top and working down with gentle circular motions. Do not over-saturate the boots and allow the boots to slowly air-dry.
Instructions for Removing Water Stains
If your boots get wet in a rainstorm, just letting them dry without cleaning can cause streaking or water stains.
Wipe Down With a Wet Cloth
Use a white cloth or sponge dipped in clean, cold water and wet the boots all over until they are evenly wet. Do not soak them! This will help them dry evenly and without watermarks.
Stuff the Boots With a Rolled Towel
To help the boots hold their shape, stuff the damp boot with a rolled white towel. Don't use a dark-colored towel because some dye might transfer to the boots. Skip the newsprint as well, or your feet and socks will be ink-stained.
Air-Dry the Boots
Allow the boots to air-dry away from full sun or direct heat. Do not put the boots in the dryer or use a hair dryer directly on the boots. High heat can damage the skin.
Instructions for Removing Salt Stains
Create a Water and Vinegar Solution
Mix 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Blot the Salt Stained Areas
Wipe the salt-stained area with the vinegar solution using a white cloth or cotton ball. The acetic acid in the vinegar will gently dissolve the salt.
Wet Boots Evenly
Follow the water stains procedure so that the entire boot dries without watermarks.
Instructions for Removing Scuff Marks
Brush Away the Scuff Mark
Use an old toothbrush or a clean white towel to brush away the scuff. Take care not to rub too hard and follow the nap of the suede or sheepskin. For tough scuffs and stains, you'll need a suede and nubuck cleaner.
Brush the Finish
Use a suede or soft-bristled brush to brush the suede to return the napped surface to the proper direction.
Instructions for Removing Oil Stains
Absorb the Oil
Cover the oily stain with a layer of baby powder or cornstarch and let it sit for at least 24 hours, though 48 hours is better. The powder will absorb the oil from the boots.
Brush Away the Powder
Brush away the powder with an old toothbrush. You may need to repeat the procedure to get all of the oily stains off the suede.
Instructions for Cleaning the Interior of UGG Boots
Eliminate Fungus and Bacteria
Wipe down the inside with a solution of disinfecting cleaner and water. Choose a pine oil or phenolic disinfectant, such as Lysol; never use chlorine bleach which will cause the sheepskin hide to stiffen. Follow the label directions for mixing instructions. The best way to kill fungus in the boots is to use an anti-fungal spray.
Allow Plenty of Time for Air-Drying
Once you have wiped down the interior, allow at least 24 hours for the interior to air-dry before wearing again.
To help combat odor, sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda into each boot and allow them to sit overnight. The next morning, empty and vacuum out the baking soda to prevent leaving white tracks everywhere.
Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Sheepskin UGG Boots
- To help prevent excessive staining, sheepskin boots can be waterproofed using a special spray. Test it on an inside area first, as it may change the texture and color of the leather.
- Always wear socks or tights with your boots to prevent interior soiling and to help prevent odors.
- Never let your boots soak in water or stay wet for too long. This will loosen adhesives and cause the skins to become misshapen.
- Never dry sheepskin boots under a direct heat source or in the clothes dryer. Slow, gentle drying is best.
Storing Sheepskin UGG Boots
Never store damp boots. Even if the weather is dry, allow the boots to air-dry at least 24 hours after wearing to allow foot and body moisture to evaporate before storing them away. Use boot trees, rolled up white towels, or white tissue paper to stuff boots to help them hold their shape when not wearing.
If a seam has come undone, use a heavy-duty needle and buttonhole thread to repair it. Double-stitch the seam so that it doesn't come undone easily.
If there's a tear, you can also cover it with a suede patch found at fabric and craft stores. It might not look as good as new, but it will keep your feet warm and dry.