In this article, I am going to show you how you can safely and effectively wash your worn, dirty, and tattered Ugg boots to make them look new again. Before putting your boots in the washing machine, gather some basic cleaning supplied. You may need a vacuum cleaner, a big mesh laundry bag, a dry microfiber cloth, a non-whitening gentle detergent, and if you have a tiny toothbrush that’s great too because it will clean all the small seams. For the detergent, you can also use the genuine Ugg sheepskin cleaner and conditioner. So the following are the steps to clean your Ugg boots properly.
Clean inside of the boot
Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the dirt and sand that might be present inside of the boot. Reach deep into the toe area and make sure that you get all traces of dirt out.
Clean the outsole
Take your boots to the washbasin and use water to clean the outsole of the boot. Rinse down any mud on the sole or on any surfaces that have accumulation. One thing here is worth mentioning that you don’t wash multiple pairs of boots in the same water. The dye on the boots fades out quickly and it may stain other boots.
Wash the upper
Fill the washbasin with warm water and add a small amount of detergent. Now with the help of a microfiber cloth, wipe the upper to clean all the mud and dirt. Place one hand in the boot for easy handling. Make sure you wipe gently. Just soak the cloth in the water and gently wipe the surface and seams. Don’t scrub because Ugg boots are made from sheepskin and have a surface finish similar to suede. Having a toothbrush is awesome because it will clean all the seams effectively. If you don’t have one, it’s not a big deal.
One word of caution when you are cleaning these boots and with respect to the dye that I mentioned earlier, once you wash a pair of Ugg boots, the color will never necessarily be the same, deep, and rich when you first purchased them.
Rinse the boot thoroughly
Use water to rinse the boot to eliminate all the detergent. Don’t forget to clean the inside.
Put your boots in the washing machine
At this stage, you have done all the handwashing and your boots may be looking very clean. Now it is time to make the cleaning process a little bit further so you have really clean looking boots. Stuff some cloth at the toe area so that it maintains its shape.
Put your boots in the mesh laundry bag, close it, and place them into a front-loading washer. Don’t ever try to put Ugg boots in a top loading-washer because the center agitator will shred these boots. Use approx. 4 tablespoons of detergent and don’t use any bleach or fabric softeners or any other type of cleaning and conditioning agents other than the detergent used to clean your boots. Before you begin washing, you need to make sure that you set the cycle to be the gentle cycle possible. Start the machine and come back after an hour or so and remove the boots and let them dry.
This is an optional step to protect the sheepskin or suede. You can use the Ugg’s water and stain repellent. It is not necessary to use Ugg’s brand. You can use products from a lot of different brands from your local shoe store. Now spray the entire boot with protectant and make sure you spray everything with even coverage.