How to Get the White Stuff From Winter off Your Uggs

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White salt stains can ruin the appearance of a stylish pair of Ugg boots.
White salt stains can ruin the appearance of a stylish pair of Ugg boots. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Winter weather can be harsh on boots and shoes. Aside from dirt and grime from slush, the road and rock salt used to remove ice from streets and sidewalks can do a number on your Uggs. The white residue and stains on your boots is a telltale sign of salt staining. When Uggs get wet in the slush that comes as a result of melting ice and snow, the moisture dries, leaving the white salt stains. Rather than have the appearance of your boots ruined, you can get rid of the white stains on your Uggs.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristled scrub brush
  • Bowl
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Newspaper
  • Towel

Brush your dry Ugg boots or shoes with a soft, natural-bristled scrub brush to remove white salt stain flakes from the suede fibers. The brushing motion helps remove matter from the surface of the boots so you can attend to salt stains that have absorbed further into the suede.

A suede brush or soft brush removes stain matter from the surface of your Uggs.
A suede brush or soft brush removes stain matter from the surface of your Uggs. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Mix 2 tbsp. each of water and white vinegar in a bowl. Wet a clean cloth in the diluted vinegar solution. Wring out the cloth so it's wet, but not dripping.

Wipe the remaining white salt stains on your Uggs. Apply more diluted vinegar, as needed, and clean the surface of your Uggs to the point that the suede is very damp. The vinegar should absorb past the suede surface.

Press a dry cloth into the Uggs to soak up excess moisture. Continue to do this until no more moisture transfers to the cloth.

Fill the Ugg boots with crumpled newspaper, if needed, to hold their shape and absorb moisture while drying. Place the Ugg boots on a clean towel, away from direct heat sources. Allow the boots to dry completely.

Brush the boots with the soft scrub brush again to fluff the suede fibers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spray your Ugg boots with a protective spray to avoid water and salt stains from inclement weather.
  • If your Uggs have become wet or exposed to salt stain, tend to them as soon as you get home. Use the steps described here to get rid of salt damage before it has the chance to appear as ugly white lines and marks on your boots.

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