Amy asked: How would I go about removing a cupful of hot chocolate from my daughter’s dark chocolate UGG? They were not protected with the water sealer.
UGGs offer sublime comfort and make a great fashion statement, but the trade off is the difficulty keeping them clean. As a rule, a stained UGG is a ruined UGG, but if you’re fortunate, you should see some improvement with the following inexpensive method.
You Will Need:
- Suede brush
- White vinegar
- Cold distilled water
- Plain white paper towels
- Fine grit sandpaper
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Start by using the suede brush to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface to be cleaned. This ensures you’re not grinding the mess into the suede. Be sure you only brush in one direction.
- Next, dip a clean sponge in plain distilled water and use it to wet the entire boot. Even if you’re not going to clean the whole shoe, this allows for an even appearance when you’re finished.
- Combine equal amounts of white vinegar and cold distilled water in a second bowl.
- Dip a clean sponge in the mixture, then squeeze it to remove excess moisture.
- Rub the stain in a gentle, circular motion, working from the top of the stain toward the bottom. Refresh the sponge frequently, and if the water/vinegar mixture gets dirty, replace it with a fresh batch.
- Once the stain is gone or you no longer seen an improvement, fill a clean bowl with distilled water. Use a fresh sponge to “rinse” the shoes. Wash out the sponge frequently with clean cold water and replace the water if it gets dirty.
- After they’re clean and the cleaning solution has been removed, stuff the shoe full of clean white paper towels and put them in a dry location away from direct heat, which can cause them to crack.
- If the stain remains, you can try sanding lightly with fine grit sandpaper. This may leave a mark, but it’s probably going to be less noticeable than the stain.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If this home remedy doesn’t work, try UGG Shampoo Conditioner or contact a professional cleaner.
- You may find you need to clean the whole shoe to avoid “clean spots” creating a splotchy effect.
- Once the UGGs are clean, follow up with UGG Repellent Spray to protect from future mishaps.