Caring for your UGGs

November 23, 2011

I love my UGGs—they are the ultimate comfy go-with-everything boots. My trusty grey Bailey Button goes well paired with shorts when the weather is just getting a bit cold in the fall. They also look great paired with skinny jeans and heavy jacket in the winter time.

I used to be afraid to wear my UGGs out even when its a only bit rainy out, thinking that water is like Kryptonite them. But I found out during a recent trip to rainy Portland that they are tougher than they look. Although I don’t recommend that you start running through puddles and tread snow with them, it’s not the end of the world if you get your UGGs wet or dirty.

  • First thing you should know about UGG is that you should never ever ever ever wash them using a washing machine, especially not using hot water. This will cause irreversible damage to your UGGs as the heat will shrink the sheepskin.
  • If your boots get dirty, clean them using cold water and mild detergent (try Zero® by Woolite® Fabric Wash).
  • If your boots get soaked for some reason, you may also want to toss them in the washing machine (spin cycle ONLY) to get some of the excess water out.
  • To dry the boots, stuff them (this will help keep the shape), and let them sit on your closet for at least 12 hours. Sheepskin is not a fan of extreme heat, so be patient and don’t try to speed up the drying process by using blow drier or putting the boots by the fireplace.
  • You may notice that the boots don’t look as nice or soft when you finish drying them. You can get the soft luxurious texture of the boots back by brushing the exterior of the boots with a toothbrush.

If you want to get fancy, you can buy the UGG care kit for $20. But why spend extra money when you probably already have the care materials on hand around your house (e.g. gentle detergent, used toothbrush). I would much rather put the money towards a pair of new Uggs, like these ones I’ve been eyeing:




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