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After prancing about, rain or shine, in your beloved Ugg boots, it's time to face the bitter truth – they aren't waterproof and, boy, do those water stains show it. But don't think that a few – or even more than a few – water spots and stains mean you have to toss this pair and break out cash for new ones. Use a few Ugg cleaning techniques to spruce up your sheepskin boots. Dry and deodorize them then take time to waterproof the boots so that you won't have to go through this stain removal rigmarole next time you feel moved to go singing in the rain.
Removing Water Stains
Don't imagine that removing water stains from Ugg boots involves the purchase of some overpriced mystery stain remover. There are two basic ways to remove water stains and both are inexpensive no-brainers. First, use a shoe brush with stiff bristles to vigorously brush at the water spots and stains. Second, fold the boot in half and use an unstained portion of the boot's outer sheepskin to rub at the stained portion.
Drying Ugg Boots
If you've worn your Ugg boots in the snow or while puddlehopping, you'll know, both from the condition of your feet and the look of the boots, that some serious intervention is required. Before you can begin to deal with removal of the inevitable water stains, the boots must be thoroughly dry. Whatever you do, don't put them in the sun or next to a heater. Stuff both boots with crumpled paper or balled-up towels and place them in a well-ventilated spot. Leave them alone until they're dry; this can take up to a couple weeks, depending on how reckless you were in those puddles. Once dry, some deodorizing may be in order. Mix 2 tsp. of baking soda with 2 tsp.of cornstarch, pour the mixture into the boots and shake them around. Allow the boots to stand overnight before shaking out all the powder.
Are Ugg Boots Waterproof?
Why do you even have to worry about water stains on your Uggs? Aren't these twin-faced sheepskin boots designed to keep your feet warm and dry in bad weather? Actually, no. Despite their cozy appearance, classic Ugg boots aren't waterproof. They were designed as indoor slippers by an Australian company and never were meant for outdoor wear – and certainly not as protective footgear for use in rain or snow. If you insist on wearing Uggs in rainstorms, purchase one of Uggs' water-resistant rain boots or try your hand at waterproofing your sheepskin boots.
Waterproofing Ugg Boots
You've managed to get the water stains off your Ugg boots – now what? Waterproof them, immediately. You can purchase any number of spray-on suede waterproofing products, including a water and stain repellent sold by Uggs. Spray or apply the waterproofing solution of your choice to every external portion of the boot until all of the exterior is wet but not soaked. Stuff the boots with balled-up paper towels or cloths and allow them to air dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure you do this is in a well-ventilated area – most waterproofing sprays have an intense smell. Brush the boots with a suede/nubuck brush to raise the nap. You'll need to repeat this treatment every time your Uggs get saturated with water.