Can I Wash My Uggs?
Sheepskin Boot Care Guide
Everyone knows Aussie's love Ugg Boots. And we also know these little beaut's can get pretty dirty and smelly. There have long been arguments over how to clean your Ugg so we are here to set the record straight with our definitive guide to keeping your Ugg's looking and smelling great.
When you buy your Uggs, here is a few things to keep in mind:
Your new ugg boots should be very snug when first purchased. The tightness should be felt over the bridge of your feet, and around your calves if they are high boots. Generally, ugg boots will stretch up to half a size, especially in the places where you feel pressure against your legs and feet. In terms of what to look for when choosing a size, your heel should be firmly in place and not slip up and down when you walk, but also make sure your toes aren’t curled up, as it may mean your boots are a little too small.
Even though Sheepskin is naturally resistant to a small amount of water, allowing them to get wet can cause watermarks on the exterior of the boot. If you think you will be wearing your uggs outdoors, you may want to consider investing in a suede protector to spray them with. This will make your uggs more water resistant, but not waterproof. Spraying your boots means if your ugg boots get wet in the rain, you are able to put them aside to dry naturally and scrub off any stains the following morning. You would then need to re-apply spray to make them water resistant again.
A lot of ugg manufacturers will tell you not to machine wash your boots. This is usually to sell you an expensive sheepskin cleaning product or kit. The truth is it is entirely possible to clean your boots in the washing machine if you take a few precautions. The added benefit of machine washing your boots is that you clean the inside wool of the boot as well as the outside. We always recommend washing both of you boots at the same time to avoid colour change between the boots. Here are some easy steps to follow to ensure you get the best results from machine washing your ugg boots:
1. Clean the inside of the boot
Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the dirt and sand that might be present inside the boot. Reach the nozzle deep into the toe area and make sure that you get all traces of dirt out.
2. Clean the outside
Rinse off any mud, dirt or any other debris from the sole and the outer of the boot under the tap. Give the boots a light wipe if you need to.
3. Put the boots into an old pillowcase or large mesh laundry bag.
This will protect the suede and stop the boots from moving around too much, which could potentially cause damage. If you are using a pillowcase, make sure the end is tied in a knot. This will also stop your machine becoming clogged with escaped wool. For the best results, use a machine that doesn’t have a centre agitator.
4. Place them into the tub of the washing machine and pour in a small amount of wool wash detergent.
Specialised wool wash detergent will effectively clean the suede and wool without drying the material out too much, leaving the boots feeling soft and snuggly. Choosing a wool detergent that contains eucalyptus oil will have the added benefit of sanitising the interior of the boot ant neutralising odours.
5. Set the cycle to wool or delicates with a cold water wash and start the washer.
Feel free to add towels or other washing to the tub to give the boots a bit of cushioning during the spin.
6. Dry the boots naturally.
Simply leave them to dry naturally. If you want to speed up the process a little, you could fill them up with old newspaper to absorb some of the moisture and ensure they keep their shape.
7. Brush the boots with a suede brush, and fluff the inside wool.
Use a soft brush like a suede brush to lightly brush the outside of the boot to freshen them up and raise the pile. Use your hand to fluff the wool inside, and there you have it!
Other Top Notch Ugg Tips
If you are not yet confident enough to throw your boots in the washer, here are some other tips to spruce up your uggs.
1. If you get a greasy stain on your boots, apply a little bit of chalk or talcum powder to the stain. Let them sit overnight, then brushoff the powder. The powder should soak up the grease stain.
2. If you have a water stain on one of your boots, rub the other boot against the stain. Rubbingsheepskin on sheepskin gets the stain out.
4. Depending on what type of stains or marks you have, the best way to remove small marks such as pen marks, is to gently rub the affected area with an eraser. This will generally solve the problem and remove these type of marks.
Freshening Up Smelly Ugg Boots
Sometimes it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect the interior of you boot to get rid of the bacteria and fungus that cause odour. Theres a few good ways to do this, here are our top tips:
1. Use a commercial foot odour power such as Dr Scholl’s or a spray such as Odour Eaters.
2. Mix a solution of a pine oil disinfecting cleaner such as Pinetarsol and warm water following the label directions. Dip a sponge or microfiber in the solution and wring it out until it is only damp. Wipe down the inside of each boot.
3. If concerned about athlete's foot fungus, spray the interior with an commercial anti-fungal spray.
4. Pour two teaspoons of baking soda and two teaspoons of corn starch in each boot. Shake them around a bit and leave them overnight. Dump out the baking soda and corn starch before you wear them again.
5. Regularly change your innersoles.