If you’re like me then you probably live in your Uggs. They have probably got all sorts of stain on them. So how do you clean Ugg boots? What’s the best method?

Well check out this helpful guide and I will show you exactly what to do to bring them back to their former glory.

Clean Ugg Boots

Cleaning and caring for your Ugg boots doesn’t need to be stressful. It can be quite easy. In fact, it is, as long as you follow the instructions that I have outlined below.

I have broken this helpful guide into two parts. The first part will show you how you can clean any sort of stain that there maybe on your boots.

And then the second part of this guide shows you how to care for your boots and help protect them so that they can last much, much longer.

2 parts for taking care of your Uggs:

Tackling All Sorts of Stains

To tackle any kind of stain that maybe on your Ugg boots I want to show you a really helpful video from Melissa Maker at Clean My Space that I came across.

In the video Melissa shows how to remove 3 kinds of stains: 1) Oil and Grease; 2) Dirt and Salt; 3) Water Spots and Stains.

Credit: Melissa Maker @ Clean My Space

Please check out the The Ultimate UGG Boot Cleaning Guide at Clean My Space where you will find more tips and tricks for caring for your boots.

Oil and Grease Stains!

What You Need:

  • White Chalk or Corn Starch
  • Unused paint brush

Step 1 – Chalk those stains

First you will need to get some white chalk, (try Crayola chalk), but don’t use colored chalk. Melissa does suggest that you use a pinch of corn starch if you don’t have any chalk. This will work just as good.

Just get your chalk and color over the oil or grease stain. Please take care when doing this and make sure you cover the entire stain.

There is no need to rub in hard with the chalk. The chalk will absorb any oil or grease that is on your boots.

Step 2 – Leave it overnight

This is the step that will take the longest as you will need to leave your boots overnight. This will ensure that the chalk, (or corn starch), has gotten deep into those stains.

It just needs time to work its thing!

Step 3 – Brush off that chalk

The next step that you will need to take is to then brush off the chalk from your boots. For this you will need to use a small paintbrush, preferably one that you are not using for anything else.

As with putting on the chalk you will need to be gentle with taking it off.

Step 4 – Clean those boots

You will find that after you have done this that your boots will be slightly discolored. That’s fine as I will cover below what you will need to do in order to clean them.

Dirt and Salt Stains!

What You Need:

  • Small Hand Brush
  • Pencil Eraser/Rubber Eraser supplied with boots
  • Water
  • Suede Stain Cleaner/White Vinegar and Water
  • Sponge

Step 1 – Brush those boots

Take a small hand brush and brush your boots in one direction. For this to work properly it is best if you work from top to bottom.

A special suede brush is a good option for this, one that has nylon bristles. This will help remove any surface stain from your Uggs.

Step 2 – Erase those stains

Next you will either need a pencil eraser or use the rubber eraser that you may have got from when you bought your Uggs.

Just take whatever you have and spot rub those stains.

Step 3 – Wet those stains

Then you will need to wet the stained areas of your boots with just water. Using water is great as it will open up the leather so that you can effectively clean them.

Leave the water to rest for a while so that it can get into the stains. And please do not use too much as this can actually deform the shape of your boots. So be careful.

Step 4 – Clean with a suede stain cleaner

The final step in this process is to use a suede stain cleaner. If you do not have this then that’s fine as you can easily use a mixture of white vinegar and water, 1:1.

You will need to dip a tiny bit of this cleaner to a sponge and then wet it.

Rub the stain with the sponge in a circular motion. This is the best way for this to do its thing.

Water Spots and Stains!

Melissa found a technique online where you take a piece of clean suede and rub that on to the affected wet spot on your boots. However, what she found was that this didn’t properly clean the Uggs.

So what you will need to do is give your boots a proper clean using the method described below.

Cleaning Your Ugg Boots

I have made your job easier to clean your Uggs by showing you below Melissa’s video where she starts to clean the boots.

Credit: Melissa Maker @ Clean My Space

What You Need:

  • Suede Brush
  • Suede Stain Cleaner/White Vinegar and Water
  • Newspaper/Paper Towel
  • Sponge/Cotton Cloth
  • Container/Sink of Water
  • Silica Gel Packs
  • Protective Spray

Step 1 – Brush your boots

First you need to take your suede brush and brush each boot from top to bottom. Doing this step is essential as it will soften your boots for the cleaner to get clean them thoroughly.

Step 2 – Wet your boots

Dip your sponge or cotton cloth into clean warm water and gently rub it over your entire boot. Do not get the boots too wet though!

Step 3 – Clean your boots with cleaner

Use your suede stain cleaner as directed. For this you will need to add a small amount of this stuff to a container of water.

Now if you do not have any of this cleaner then do not worry. You can simply get white vinegar and use an equal amount of it together with water. This won’t be as good as a proper suede cleaner but it does nearly as good a job.

Step 4 – Rinse cleaner off your boots

Then take a clean cloth, dip it into water and then wring out excess water. Similar to the second step you do not want the boot to be too wet.

Just take your cloth and rub off the cleaner from your boots. You may have to dip the cloth into the water a few times in order to completely remove the cleaner.

Step 5 – Stuff paper inside and leave to dry

Crumple up either some newspaper or paper towel and put them into your boots. You want to make sure that you put plenty of paper into your boots. Also, use some silica gel packs to help remove any moisture that’s inside your boots.

Following this step will ensure that your Ugg boots retain their shape while they are drying. Otherwise, if you do not do this then your boots will be disformed and you’ll definitely have ugly Uggs.

Preferably you will want to leave your boots to dry for 24 hours.

Do not leave your boots to dry in direct sunlight or in front of any hot appliance. If you do then this will warp the leather.

Step 6 – After cleaning care

After leaving them to dry for 24 hours your boots will look pretty much like they are brand new. There are a couple things though that you will need to do before you can wear them again.

First, get your brush and work in one direction again, working from top to bottom.

Then spray your boots with protective spray. Doing this will repel water and stains from damaging your boots. And it will mean that you don’t have to do any of the cleaning steps that I have outlined above.

Sorry but you will need to wait another 12-24 hours for the spray to work.

Once you are satisfied that you have waited long enough then put your boots back on. You will probably find that they do fit a little more snugly than before.

That’s fine. You will just need to wear them in for a while for them to regain their original shape.

Thank You and Please Leave A Comment

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Owain Couch

Making and repairing boots and shoes has been an occupation in my family for generations. I want to carry on the family business by helping you find the best footwear, as well as provide useful guides that will help make them last longer.


Huzefa · March 8, 2018 at 10:39 pm

Shoes are a part of your daily accessories. You need to keep them clean if you want to look smart. And Ugg boots once stained reduces your stylist appearance.

I learned many tips from reading this guide so thank you very much for it. It looks like you took quite some time to write a very informative post.

    Owain Couch · March 9, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Well I wouldn’t say that Ugg boots are entirely stylish but they do keep you comfy. Plus yeah you want to keep them clean because doing this ell help them last longer.

    I am glad that you appreciated my guide. And yes it did take a while to put together.

Alenka · March 9, 2018 at 9:04 am

What a fab website! I’ve found out some really useful info.

I was quite prepared to throw out my Ugg boots but didn’t really want to. Now I know that I can clean them easily at home with your helpful post.

Thank you!! 🙂

    Owain Couch · March 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Glad you found this How To guide helpful. Cleaning your boots can be easy for you, as long as you do have the items at home. But as they are everyday items then you shouldn’t need to worry.

Brandon · March 11, 2018 at 5:26 am

Thanks for the comprehensive guide brother. My partner has ugg boots and is ALWAYS getting them dirty. I’ve heard about the chalk method before but thought it was a load of bull, but it surprisingly does work according to Melissa in the video! Also good idea putting newspaper inside the boot because I’ve never tried it but want to give it a go. You’ve done a great job with this article so thanks a bunch. I’ll be passing this onto my partner now.

    Owain Couch · March 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks Brandon for the compliment. I wanted to show people how easy it is to clean their Ugg. And thanks to Melissa and writing up these steps I am glad that I have done that.

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