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How do I clean my uggs?

This is a very common question but note that you should use the following information at your own risk.  We will not be responsible for any adverse affects as a result of following these directions. NOTE: For the purpose of this discussion, we are referring to sheepskin boots. "Uggs" is a generic term here in Australia for sheepskin boots which have the sueded leather on one side and the wool on the other. We do not recommend this for more traditional leather shoes and boots.

Water resisting for clean uggs

Firstly, you could apply a special waterproofing agent for leather. This can usually be bought at any good shoe retailer or boot-maker. This helps to keep dirt and grime to a minimum as well as waterproofing the footwear. Be aware though, that once your footwear get wet, you need to apply another coat after they have dried.  The first time this coating is applied should ideally be when the footwear is new otherwise you are coating footwear that are not clean.

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Washing for clean uggs

(These instructions apply only to sheepskin footwear that have a single layer of sheepskin. ie. The skin is the outside and the wool is the inside.  These instructions are not suitable for leather covered boots or for fur lined boots.)

Secondly, you can wash your sheepskin footwear - but do it carefully. Just as you would do with a woollen jumper (wool pull-over sweater), hand wash in cold to luke-warm water. NOT hot water. Use a "mild" wool detergent. We emphasise mild wool detergent because not all wool detergents are mild and many can harm your sheepskin rather than do it good. So place your sheepskin footwear completely into the water. You might use an old toothbrush or nail brush, particularly on the inside wool, to help in the washing process BUT be gentle. Once you have washed and rinsed the footwear, place them in your washing machine and put it on a spin cycle for a few minutes just to get rid of the excess water. You should then place the footwear in the shade outside to dry. If this is not possible, then put them inside to dry but AWAY from any DIRECT HEAT such as a fire or heater. As with any wool product, any form of heat will "shrink" the shoes.

You will notice once the footwear have dried that they have shrunk slightly but this is normal. After wearing them for an hour or so, they will go back to the normal, warm and comfortable state you are used to and at the same time, be clean.

Old-fashioned chalk for clean uggs

Thirdly, if you find you have a grease stain on your sheepskin footwear, try rubbing some white chalk over the stain and leaving it for a few minutes. Then, using the bottom of your hand or your thumb (so long as they are clean), gently rub the stain. Repeat this a few times until the stain has disappeared. If a stain is being extremely stubborn try rubbing some fine sandpaper "lightly" over the stain. You have to be exceptionally careful with sandpaper as it may take some of the dye away in the process.  Only resort to this option if you are prepared to take that risk.

Removing rain spots for clean uggs

Lastly, sometimes you can get what we call "spotting" where the footwear have come into contact with a few drops of water. You can usually eliminate this by folding the footwear onto itself, that is skin against skin, and gently rub it together.

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Michelle Jansen


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