Despite the hate and vendetta towards Uggs, the sheepskin boots have dominated the fashion footwear industry for decades due to their warmth and comfort.
Nonetheless, while these chic boots are considered very practical and durable, one major concern among Ugg lovers is that they aren’t waterproof. So, how can you waterproof Uggs? I researched about this, and this is what I discovered!
How to Waterproof UGGs?
To waterproof Uggs, gently brush their outer surface to remove dirt and debris. Deodorize them to eliminate the foul smell emanating from their fleece-lined interior. Then clean the boots using a suede cleaner to remove the remaining dirt. Evenly spray the waterproofing agent on their surface and let them air dry naturally. Consequently, gently brush them to restore their nap.
To learn more about waterproofing your Uggs, keep on reading!
Steps to Waterproof UGGs?
Uggs are primarily designed to be worn during the cold winter or autumn seasons due to their warm, cozy shearling-lined interior.
However, winter and autumn come with plenty of rain, snow, ice, and puddles that these winter boots cannot withstand.
Luckily, you can take several effective steps to make your Uggs withstand rain, snow, ice, or puddles no matter the season.
Here’s is a step-by-step guide on how to waterproof your Ugg boots:
Step 1: Brush the UGGs Gently
Before waterproofing your chic boots, you first need to get rid of any dirt or debris resting on their outer surface.
However, if you intend to waterproof your brand new Uggs straight from their packaging, you don’t need first to brush them since they’re already clean.
Cleaning your Uggs before waterproofing them is essential since it prevents leaving behind unpleasant stains and further damaging your shoes’ delicate outer surface.
To brush your Uggs, lay down old rags or newspaper sheets on the floor to avoid making your floor dirty with dirt or debris from your boots.
Consequently, gently brush your trendy winter footwear’s outer surface using a suede brush to soften their naps and remove all the scuff marks, debris, and dirt on their surface.
If you come across stubborn stains or scrapes that won’t scrape away, gently use a dull knife, a suede eraser, or a pencil eraser to remove them.
Nevertheless, be gentle while scrubbing your Uggs to avoid damaging their soft sheepskin leather.
Step 2: Deodorize the UGG Boots
If your Ugg boots have an unpleasant smell emanating from their interior, it’s only wise to deodorize them first to keep them smelling fresh.
To deodorize your Ugg boots, pour one teaspoon of baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and thoroughly mix the two ingredients using a spoon or a fork.
Add three drops of essential oil with a fresh scent like peppermint, lavender, or eucalyptus into the mixture to transfer the smell into your boots.
Thoroughly mix these ingredients, ensuring that all lumps and clumps are broken down and the fresh-smelling essential oils are distributed evenly.
Then sprinkle the mixture into each boot, cover the upper opening of the shoes with one hand, and vigorously shake the shoes, ensuring the mixture reaches the toe box.
Place the Uggs in a cool, dry area and let them sit there overnight to allow the mixture to eliminate the unpleasant odor and transfer the fresh smelling scent to your Uggs.
Then pour the mixture in your boots into the garbage in the morning and repeat the process if they’re still producing a foul smell.
Step 3: Clean Your UGGs
After getting rid of surface dirt and deodorizing your Uggs, wipe their outer surface with a clean cloth soaked in cold water to make the boots damp but not dripping wet.
Add a small amount of water and white vinegar solution or suede cleaner on the already damp cloth and evenly rub the Ugg boots’ outer surface to clean.
Ensure you rub your boots’ surface gently to avoid ruining it since the soft suede outer can easily get damaged by vigorous rubbing.
Evenly rubbing the suede cleaning agent from top to bottom on your boots’ outer surface is highly recommended.
When cleaning is done, stuff the Ugg boots with kitchen paper, newspaper sheets, or paper towels to aid in holding them in shape and absorb the excess moisture as they dry.
You can also opt to place a few packets of silica gel in each of your boots to help in absorbing the excess moisture and, thus, hasten the drying process.
Place your Uggs in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or direct heat source to allow the sheepskin boots to air dry naturally, preferably for at least 24 hours.
Step 4: Apply the Waterproofing Agent
While applying a waterproofing agent is the quickest and most effective way to waterproof Uggs, not all waterproofing sprays do the trick.
Thus, you need to purchase a high-quality waterproofing spray specifically designed for Ugg boots’ suede outer.
To apply the waterproofing agent, place your completely dry Uggs on a newspaper sheet or old rags to avoid messing your floor.
Evenly spray your boots’ outer surface starting from the top to the bottom while maintaining a distance of six to eight inches between your shoes and the waterproofing spray’s nozzle.
Ensure that you don’t overspray your boots to avoid leaving stains on their suede outer. Ensure your Uggs are damp with the waterproofing spray but not soaked.
Stuff clean paper towels, old rags, or newspapers into your boots to maintain their original shape as they air dry.
Then let the Ugg boots sit in a well-ventilated area and away from a direct heat source or sunlight for at least 24 hours to air dry.
Step 5: Brush the Waterproofed UGGs
After making sure your Ugg boots are completely dry, remove the stuffed newspapers, old rags, or paper towels in your shoes’ inner.
Gently brush the boots using a suede brush in one direction to raise their nap and restore their suede outer surface to its original state.
Remember to gently brush your Uggs’ delicate suede outer surface to avoid permanently ruining them.
Then evenly spray your Uggs with a quality protective suede spray and conditioner starting from top to bottom, and let them sit in a cool, dry place to air dry for some minutes.
Once your Uggs are clean, deodorized, and waterproof, you can sport them during snowy, icy, or stormy days without constantly worrying about ruining them.
Spraying your Uggs with a quality waterproofing agent is the best and the most effective way to waterproof your sheepskin boots.
However, take caution when spraying these chic boots with waterproofing spray. Applying too much waterproofing spray could leave unpleasant stains on their outer surface.