5 Steps to Clean UGG Slippers

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Restore Your UGG Slippers in 5 Steps

Are your beloved UGG slippers looking a bit worse for wear? You're not alone. Many UGG owners struggle with keeping their favourite slippers clean without causing damage. You love the comfort and warmth they provide, but with everyday use, they inevitably get dirty. The good news is, that cleaning your UGG slippers is easier than you might think.

After this, you'll know exactly how to clean your UGG slippers safely and effectively, ensuring they stay cosy and stylish for a long time.

In this article, you'll learn five easy steps to restore your UGG slippers to their original glory. Let's dive in and get those slippers looking fresh and new again.

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you start cleaning your UGG slippers, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. Having everything ready will make the process smoother and more efficient. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Soft Brush: A suede brush or a soft toothbrush works well to gently remove dirt and debris from the surface of the slippers.
  2. UGG Cleaner and Conditioner: This specialised cleaner is designed for UGG Australia products and helps maintain the quality of the material. If you don’t have this, you can use a mild, non-bleach detergent. 
  3. Clean Sponge or Cloth: For applying the cleaner and wiping the slippers.
  4. Cold Water: Avoid using hot water as it can damage the material.
  5. Paper Towels or a Dry Cloth: For blotting excess moisture and helping the slippers dry.

With these supplies in hand, you’re ready to prepare your slippers for cleaning.

Step 2: Prepare the Slippers

Preparation is key to ensuring your UGG slippers are cleaned effectively without damage. Follow these steps to get your slippers ready:

1. Brush Off Surface Dirt 

Use the soft brush to gently remove any loose dirt and debris from the surface of the slippers. Brush in one direction to maintain the suede's nap. This step helps prevent dirt from embedding further into the material during cleaning.

2. Spot Test the Cleaner

Before applying the cleaner to the entire slipper, do a spot test on a small, inconspicuous area. This ensures that the cleaner does not discolour or damage the material. Wait for the spot to dry completely to check for any adverse reactions.

3. Stuff the Slippers

To help maintain their shape during cleaning, stuff the inside of the slippers with paper towels or a clean cloth. This will also absorb excess moisture and speed up the drying process.

Once your slippers are prepped and ready, you can move on to the cleaning process.

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Step 3: Clean the UGG Slippers

Now that your UGG slippers are prepared, it's time to clean them. Follow these detailed instructions to ensure a thorough and gentle clean:

Dampen the Slippers

Lightly dampen the surface of the slippers with cold water. Avoid soaking them, as too much water can damage the suede.

Apply the Cleaner

Dampen the sponge or cloth with cold water and apply a small amount of UGG Cleaner and Conditioner or your mild detergent. Create a gentle lather by rubbing the cleaner into the sponge or cloth.

Clean the Slippers

Using the sponge or cloth, gently scrub the surface of the slippers in a circular motion. Pay special attention to any stained or heavily soiled areas. Be sure to clean the entire slipper to avoid watermarks or uneven colouration.

Rinse Off the Cleaner

Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and use it to wipe off the cleaner from the slippers. Make sure to remove all the soap to prevent any residue from affecting the material.

Blot Excess Moisture

Use paper towels or a dry cloth to blot away excess moisture from the slippers. Be gentle to avoid damaging the suede.

Step 4: Rinse and Dry Properly

Proper rinsing and drying are essential to prevent damage and maintain the shape and texture of your UGG slippers. Follow these steps to ensure they dry correctly:

Rinse Thoroughly

After cleaning, use a damp cloth to thoroughly rinse the slippers, removing any remaining soap or cleaner. Ensure all cleaner residue is gone, as leftover soap can cause stiffness or discoloration.

Remove Excess Water

Gently press a clean, dry cloth or paper towels against the slippers to absorb as much moisture as possible. Avoid wringing or twisting the slippers, as this can damage the material.

Reshape the Slippers

While the slippers are still damp, reshape them gently with your hands. Pay attention to maintaining the original shape of the toe box and heel.

Air Dry Naturally

Place the slippers in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight and heat sources like radiators. Direct heat can cause the suede to shrink and harden. It’s best to let them air dry naturally to preserve their texture and fit.

Stuff to Maintain Shape

Keep the paper towels or cloth inside the slippers while they dry to help them retain their shape and absorb remaining moisture.

Allow the slippers to dry completely, which may take up to 24 hours depending on the humidity and temperature. Once dry, your UGG slippers should look fresh and renewed. The final step involves maintaining and protecting your slippers to keep them clean and in good condition for longer.

Step 5: Maintain and Protect

Now that your UGG slippers are clean and dry, it’s important to maintain and protect them to keep them looking their best. Here are some tips to help you extend the life of your slippers:

Brush Regularly

Use a soft brush to gently remove dirt and restore the suede's nap. Brushing your slippers regularly helps prevent dirt from settling in and keeps the material looking fresh.

Apply a Water and Stain-repellent

To protect your slippers from future stains and water damage, apply a water and stain repellent specifically designed for suede and sheepskin. Follow the product instructions for the best results. This will create a protective barrier that makes cleaning easier next time.

Spot Clean as Needed

For minor spills or stains, spot-clean your slippers promptly using a damp cloth and a small amount of mild detergent or UGG Cleaner. This prevents stains from setting in and becoming harder to remove.

Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Moisture

While UGGs Australia are cosy and comfortable, they are not designed for wet conditions. Avoid wearing them outside in rain or snow to prevent damage. If they do get wet, dry them as quickly and thoroughly as possible using the methods described in Step 4.

Store Properly

When not in use, store your slippers in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid cramming them into tight spaces where they might lose their shape. Consider using shoe trees or stuffing them with paper to help maintain their shape.

Keep Your UGG Slippers Fresh and Cosy

Keeping your UGG slippers clean and in top condition is easier than it might seem. By following five simple steps, you can ensure your slippers stay fresh, cosy, and comfortable for a long time. Start by gathering all necessary cleaning supplies and preparing the slippers by removing loose dirt. Then, gently scrub them with a mild detergent or UGG Cleaner, followed by thoroughly rinsing and allowing them to air dry naturally. Finally, maintain and protect your slippers by regularly brushing, applying water and stain repellent, spot cleaning as needed, avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture, and storing them properly.

Incorporating these steps into your routine will help keep your UGG slippers in pristine condition, prolonging their lifespan and maintaining their luxurious feel. Regular care not only preserves their appearance but also enhances your comfort every time you slip them on. Don’t let the fear of damaging your UGG slippers keep you from enjoying their comfort. With these easy-to-follow steps, you can confidently clean and maintain your slippers, ensuring they remain a cosy staple in your wardrobe. Happy cleaning!

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