How to Clean and Maintain Your UGG Boots
As a chill enters the air, Australians are digging in their trusty UGG boots to keep their toes warm through another winter.
There’s a lot to love about the iconic sheepskin slippers: they’re warm and comfortable, breathable, and tough enough to withstand the odd dash of the corner store, but they’re also delicate and prone to stains, which can make the complicated cleaning.
So how do you keep your uggs looking (and smelling) their best?
How to clean the outside of your UGG boots
According to Todd Watts, director of Australian ugg manufacturer Ugg Since 1974, the main challenge in cleaning ugg boots is to avoid discoloration.
“Sheepskin suede is so porous it will absorb anything,” says Watts. “This means that if you have to wet the suede during the cleaning process, you will end up with a darker stain on the section you cleaned.”
He says that using liquid to clean your uggs should be a last resort.
“First try cleaning your boots with a suede brush, a dry cloth, chalk or an eraser,” he says. “If you end up using water, clean both boots so that they are the same color after cleaning.”
How to remove stains
Liquid stains (e.g. water, oil, mud)
- Rub white chalk on the stained areas and leave the boots on overnight.
- Use a suede brush (a nail brush or toothbrush will also do the trick) to lightly buff the excess chalk, then rub the affected area against a clean area of sheepskin to remove the chalky residue.
- For more serious stains such as pen marks, use a colorless eraser to gently buff the stain.
- If the stain is particularly stubborn, Watts recommends using very light sandpaper to polish – extremely gently – the color of the stain.
How to clean the inside of your UGG boots
Watts says if you avoid wearing socks (see below) and make sure your feet are clean and dry before putting on your uggs, the insides should be kept clean and odor-free.
But if your interiors get dirty (or smelly), there’s a lot you can do.
- Lightly dampen a cloth and rub the inside. Watts advises trying plain water first, as soap can strip wool of its lanolin (a kind of wax or natural fat).
- Allow the boots to dry in a shady, well-ventilated area for 24 to 48 hours and make sure they are completely dry before wearing.
- If they are still dirty, apply a little soap or mild detergent to a damp cloth and repeat the cleaning process.
- Rinse the cloth thoroughly, wring it out, and use the clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. Then repeat the drying process.
Get rid of odors
- Sprinkle the inside of your uggs with baking soda and leave them on overnight. In the morning, pour out the baking soda (and vacuum them up if you don’t want to end up with powdery feet.)
- Some retailers also sell a spray to freshen the inside of your boots and prevent odors from building up in the first place.
Consider replacing your interiors
The wool inside your uggs will become compressed over time. But that doesn’t mean you have to landfill them.
Some boots have interchangeable insoles, which means you can replace the existing sole with a new fluffy one. You can buy new insoles online for under $ 20 and they are compatible with most brands that have an interchangeable sole.
Wearing socks with UGG boots can lead to smelly interiors.
Should I wear socks with my ugg boots?
No. Slipping your bare feet straight into your uggs is not only deliciously comfortable, but it also helps prevent odor, according to Watts.
“The natural fibers of UGG boots allow air to circulate, letting the skin breathe and preventing sweating,” he says.
“Socks make your feet sweat, which causes bacteria to grow inside your boots, resulting in an interior odor.”
If your boots have a synthetic interior this may not apply (synthetic boots are not technically ugg boots).
Should I clean my ugg boots in the washing machine?
No. Watts says putting your uggs in the washing machine will permanently damage the insides, knot the wool, and remove the natural lanolin that keeps them soft and comfortable.
Where do UGG boots come from?
Ugg boots are an Australian icon with reports that they have been worn since the 1930s. They have since become popular around the world.
So it’s somewhat surprising that the most famous brand, UGG (formerly UGG Australia) is actually owned by an American company called Deckers Outdoor Corporation.
What’s in a name?
Additionally, Deckers has registered the term “ugg” internationally, preventing Australian manufacturers from marketing their products as ugg boots outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Australian courts have ruled that the word “ugg” is an umbrella term that refers to sheepskin boots, and it cannot be filed here.
Want Australian made uggs?
Not all ugg boots sold in Australia are made in Australia – many brands manufacture their products in Asia. The country of manufacture may not be important to all consumers, but some prefer to buy Ugg boots made in Australia. If you are one of them, here are some tips.
Check the label
Judith Tratner, director of Australian Ugg Boots and vice-president of the Australian Sheepskin Association, says buyers who want uggs made in Australia should carefully check individual products for the sewn-in label “Made in Australia” and the triangle ” Australian Made “swing tag.
Australian courts have ruled that the word “ugg” is an umbrella term that refers to sheepskin boots, and it cannot be filed here
“Make sure you verify the actual product you are purchasing and don’t be misled by any ‘Australian Made’ logos or certificates on the walls or shelves of the store,” she says.
“Some retailers will stock a small range of Australian made uggs among a large number of imported uggs just so they can use the ‘Australian Made’ triangle on their website or in store.”
Ozwear Connection was fined in 2018 for making false representations of the country of origin.
Tratner says most online retailers selling Australian made uggs will proudly advertise this fact. If they don’t, their products are probably not made in Australia.
“Beware of misleading expressions like ‘Australian classic’, ‘upscale Australian’ or ‘Australian designs’,” she says. “These claims do not mean that a product is manufactured or owned in Australia.”
Deceptive UGG startup marketing is common. For example, Ugg boot retailer Ozwear Connection was fined $ 25,200 by ACCC in 2018 for misrepresenting the country of origin for its “Classic Ugg” line of footwear.