Here are some tips for your UGG boots.'s professional advice after cleaning more than 20k pairs of boots.

In no particular order:

#1 Avoid Heat Sources 

Do not put your UGG boots near a heat source or in the dryer. It can burn the leather, cause them to draw up or singe the fur side of the shearling. If you need to dry them from rain or snow, blot off what water you can, brush them lightly, if needed, and then try to dry them standing straight up and down. After they are dry, brush them a few times and they should look much better. Wearing them will return the soft feel.

#2 It's a Myth: DO NOT USE HAIRSPRAY!!!

Do not use hairspray on your boots for spot removal, no matter what home remedy sites tell you. It will ruin the boots. Hairspray is for your hair, not your boots. You have to wash your hair to remove hairspray. How are you going to wash it off your boots? Plus, hairspray is not the same product from the 1970's that contain other products in the spray that could work as a stain lubricant.


Do not use shoe polish on shearling UGG boots. Shoe polish is not designed for shearling. It will leave dark stains that may not be removable. Shoe polished is designed for a different type of shoe leather and application.

#4 Water...Sparingly 

Misting water on the boots and brushing them can go a long way. Use the water sparingly and brush lightly, repeat if needed. Don't over do it with the water, and brush lightly with the grain. This is mainly what the UGG kit from their website contains:  glorified water.

#5 No Soap?

Do not use laundry soap, dish soap or any other soap. It will leave marks and pull color from the shearling of the boots. Store bought spotting products are for clothing, not leather or suede. If you insist on using soap, then please dilute it down by at least 20/1. Remember you can't do a rinse like you would with dishes or clothing. So blot and use sparingly. Do not use vinegar on suede shearling.

#6 Silica Packets

You can purchase silica drying packs and put these inside your boots after wearing them to help reduce moisture, which will also help reduce odors.

#7 Jeans...

Be careful when wearing jeans that tend to lose color. Jeans with spandex will migrate colors onto lighter surfaces, UGG boots will absorb this dye. jean dye fade is difficult, if not impossible to remove.

#8 Brushes

Using a brush on your boots will bring out the velvet nap and remove light soiling. It is suggested to do some research to find brushes that are safe for this footwear. (If it is the wrong brush, it might ruin the shoe!)

#9 Avoid Shearling When...

It is okay to use soap and water on the rubber soles of the boots. Just use caution that this product does not run onto the shearling. Make sure you dilute the soap. You can always apply more. Mr Clean magic erasers can go a long way for cleaning any sole of any footwear. On gym shoes, rubbing alcohol will white the white soles.

#10 Size Change Scares 

If your UGG's feel like they shrunk, after you were caught in the rain or snow, don't worry, they will stretch back out when you wear them and your body temperature warms up the shearling. If you cannot fit your feet into them, then find someone with a smaller foot and have them do a dance party in your boots. Just make sure they wear socks.

#11 Where NOT to Wear UGG Boots

UGG's are not snow or rain boots. They are fashion boots that my wife says are very warm and so does Tom Brady.

#12 Interior

You can brush the inside of the boots out with same suede brush. Do not scrub the fur, just fluff it.

#13 Alcohol is a No No…

Do not try to remove ink stains on your boots with alcohol. Alcohol can act like chlorine bleach and remove color, permanently.

#14 Keeping Their Shape 

If you are worried about the shape of you boots, stuff them with clean socks while not wearing them to help them keep their shape. Cotton socks are breathable.

#15 It's Raining Cats & Dogs

We can't help you you if your dog eats your boots, but we can clean them for you if Fido pees on them. However, if your cat pees on them, then there may be no remedy.

#16 Washing Machines 

Do not put them in your washing machine at home. Even though we clean them by full immersion in water at our facility, we know what we are doing and have the correct equipment and products to perform the service. Despite what Youtube videos and online forums suggest, DON'T wash them at home. Stick to the hand-cleaning methods, or call us for professional results.

#17 Insoles 

You can buy new insoles for the boots from UGG's website. This can help with the feel on your foot, and that smell.

#18 Baking Soda 

Baking soda inside a sock can work as an odor eater. You'll make a mess getting it in there but it works.

#19 Water Repellent 

When applying a water repellent product. More is not always better. Try to find an aerosol product, if possible (not good for the planet). When applying, follow the directions and spray from a distance as evenly as possible. You can always apply it again; do not over-do it. Make sure the spray bottle is spraying correctly. Start the spray away from the boot and then come across it after the spray has started. This will keep from getting blotches or spots. Do not use a cream, wax or silicon on the shearling suede. Those types of products are for other types of shoes.

UGG cleaning kits from the UGG website are $25.00-$50.00. Our service provides the cleaning through mail right to your home for $35. Think about it before you try home remedies. 

Text us pictures of your boots for a free evaluation by using the widget in the bottom right corner, call us at 859.739.0483 or email we look forward to hearing from you. 

Click here to order our boot cleaning service.





Back to blog