How to Prepare UGG Boots for First Time Use

Sheepskin boots require extra care before they take on the elements.
Sheepskin boots require extra care before they take on the elements. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

UGG boots are a common choice for year-round wear. Their sheepskin exterior and fleece lining make them warm and comfortable throughout the seasons. UGGs are not waterproof or stain-proof upon purchase. Before wearing UGG boots, you should coat them in a protective spray. This will make the boots more durable and allow them to keep their look for a longer period of time.

Things You'll Need

  • UGG boots
  • Newspaper
  • Water- and stain-repellent
  • Suede brush

Set up a work space in a well-ventilated area. Bring the boots outside if it is not overly sunny, or inside to a room with windows or doors that can be opened.

Set the boots down on a sheet of newspaper. This will catch any excess stain-repellent, and keep other surfaces dry.

Spray the boots with a water- and stain-repellent. Apply the spray evenly, while holding the bottle 6 inches away. Continue until the entire sheepskin surface of each boot is wet, but not drenched. The UGG brand manufactures a repellent specifically for UGG boots, but similar products can also be found at shoe and department stores.

Allow the boots to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Keep them away from direct heat and sunlight, preferably at room temperature.

Brush the boots with a suede brush to restore the original look. Lightly brush the fur downward using the soft side of the brush. Suede brushes are sold with the UGG brand water- and stain-repellent, or can be purchased separately at shoe or hardware stores.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stain-repellent can not prevent all stains, particularly on delicate surfaces like sheepskin. UGG boots should be hand-washed periodically, after which a new coat of protective spray should be applied to keep them in shape over a longer period of time.

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