How to Get Salt Stains Off UGG Boots

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UGG sells a special cleaner and protector for its suede boots, but it is possible to remove salt stains from UGG boots without using the product. Using diluted white vinegar can remove the color from UGG boots, and scrubbing your boots with a wire brush over boiling water is both cumbersome and dangerous. Thankfully, there is an effective method for removing salt stains from UGG boots that anyone can do at home.


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Things You'll Need

  • Shoe brush or soft toothbrush

  • 1 tsp. dish detergent

  • 2 cups lukewarm water

  • Rag

  • Bowl

Step 1

Brush the stained areas of the boots to dislodge any surface salt or debris from the suede.

Step 2

Mix the dish detergent and water until the soap is dissolved. Dip part of the rag into the soapy water and squeeze it gently to release excess water.


Step 3

Dab the stained areas of the UGG boots gently. Do not rub or press hard on the suede.

Step 4

Leave the UGG boots to dry in a spot with good air circulation. If salt stains remain after the boots dry, repeat Steps 1 through 3. When the stains have been removed, brush the dried boots until they look new.


Spray UGG boots with a suede protector once per week to protect them from most salt stains. If possible, avoid wearing UGG boots in the snow.


Do not use hot water to clean UGG boots. The heat can cause suede to tighten and shrink, altering the boots’ shape.