UGG fans wear soft, cozy boots year-round, especially when it is cold outside. If you wear them outdoors in the rain or snow, though, you run the risk of getting salt-stained UGGs, which can ruin their appearance. You don't need to live with unsightly white marks, though; there are ways to get them out.
Help for Salt Stained UGGs
The classic UGG boots are made with ethically-sourced sheepskin lining, sheepskin uppers and topically-applied water-repellent treatments. They also have sheepskin insoles and suede backings on the heels. UGGs are treated to repel small amounts of water and should be re-treated from time to time to maintain this protection. Since they are water-repellent and not waterproof, they can get damaged when you wear them in the rain or snow.
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Salt used to ensure traction in snow and prevent falls may get onto the sheepskin and dry, leaving an unpleasant white or gray film. If your UGGs are dark brown or black, the white salt stains will be more obvious. Tackle these stains as soon as possible for the best results.
Things You'll Need
Mild dishwashing soap, like Dawn
Clean, soft toothbrush
How to Get Salt Stains Off UGG Boots
Step 1: Scrub with a toothbrush
To clean salt-stained UGGs, experts recommend using a mild dishwashing soap (like Dawn), a clean, soft toothbrush and a soft cloth. First, use the soft toothbrush to brush the boot, dislodging any surface salt or debris.
Step 2: Use soap on a cloth
Add a drop of soap to a few cups of cold water, mix it, dip the cloth and test it on an inconspicuous area of the boot to ensure it does not negatively impact the boot's color.
Step 3: Remove the salt stains and blot
Once you see that there is no damage, pat the cloth onto the salt stains. Do not scrub, or this will damage the material. Blot out the soap with clean water.
Step 4: Allow boots to dry
Allow the boots to air dry; then restore the fabric with the soft toothbrush.
Other Ways to Clean UGGs
There's another method for cleaning salt-stained UGGs that you can also use on other kinds of suede shoes, accessories and clothing. Use a soft toothbrush or a suede brush to remove any loose dirt and debris from the material. Remember to be gentle, or the suede could get damaged. Mix equal ratios of white vinegar and clean water in a bowl, and dip a clean cloth into it.
Ensure the cloth is damp but not soaking wet, then use it to blot out the stains from the material. Keep rinsing the cloth in clean water and reblotting to ensure there is no vinegar left on the boots. Then, fill their insides with newspaper to retain their shapes as they dry. Never put your UGGs or suede out to dry in the sun, in the dryer or near a heater. Brush the boots with a clean toothbrush or suede brush when completely dry.
If your UGGs have oil stains, try sprinkling a little baby powder onto the stain. Let the baby powder sit for a few days and gently rub it away with a clean old toothbrush. As for dirt or mud, absorb what you can with a clean rag; otherwise, brush away dried debris with the toothbrush. You can then blot the stains with a few drops of baby shampoo or gentle dish detergent mixed in water.