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#11 kristendotcom

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:51 PM

Has anyone ever washed their Ugg boots in the washing machine? I need to clean mine, the sheepskin is dirty and this website said you can put them in the washing machine with Woolite but I'm a little nervous to try it.

Cleaning Uggs - Clean Sheepskin

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Cleaning Sheepskin: Washing UGGs With Woolite in a Washing Machine

If you don't mind the color fading a little off your UGGs, you can wash them in a washing machine. Use very cold water and a few tee shirts so they don't knock around and also act like scrubbers, and put your washing machine on a light-duty cycle for 10-15 minutes. Add Woolite. Do NOT use any other soap.

Pull out the boots at the end of the cycle and if needed, do a soft hand scrub with a little more Woolite with an old toothbrush or nail brush on the surface of the sheepskin swede where there may be some stains or dirt encrusted.

Place back in the wash machine and rinse and spin-dry.

When you pull out your Uggs, put soda bottles into the shaft to keep the damp boots upright and let them dry in a warm place. Check from time to time so the leather isn't puckering. If it is, gently push and tug to keep the look of the boot.

Ensure equal drying by making the boot is equally wet so there is no water line.

After they are dry you'll want to brush the suede with a soft brush to get the pile up and soften up the looks of the outer surface. Remember to re-apply the waterproofing spray.

Using cold water keeps the fading at a minimum due to washing and from using Woolite. Uggs will stretch with wear. A good fitting pair should fit snug and not too tight.


Has anyone tried this?

#12 Betsy

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:53 PM

I haven't tried cleaning mine but they are black - throwing them in the washing machine sounds a little scary though! How about handwashing them with woolite? That might not be as scary!

#13 Jacilynda

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

I REALLY need to wash mine too. I usually just used a wet rag, but they need help. Or, I could just get a new pair! HA! I am a bit nervous to try this, but might. I will do it today and let you know, if it ruins them I guess i will just get a new pair.

#14 Erika J

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:26 PM

Ooohh, if anyone braves the washing machine please share how it goes.

mine are dk brwn, not too dirty yet, but at the rate I wear them I am sure I will have to wash them soon.

#15 Jacilynda

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:53 PM

I'm going to get woolite and i will do it this afternoon, mine are chestnut brown but I've had them for 1 1/2 yrs and never cleaned them. And, i live in them during the winter

#16 LisaG

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 05:59 PM

I'm excited to see if it works. Mine are light brown and really dirty!

#17 kristendotcom

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:04 AM

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I'm going to get woolite and i will do it this afternoon, mine are chestnut brown but I've had them for 1 1/2 yrs and never cleaned them. And, i live in them during the winter
I have the chestnut brown ones too. Did u try this yet? I think I will pick up some woolite tomorrow.

#18 ashey063009

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:12 AM

I think washing them with Woolite should work. You can also get suede cleaner from Browns-- and I'm sure many other shoe places. I found that it helped with my brown Uggs.

#19 jesjess

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:48 AM

Ladies..do NOT..I repead, do NOT throw your beloved uggs in the washing machine.
Believe me, its the death penalty for your shoes.. And I know, because when mine were totaly dirty, and wanted to clean mine, my dear hubby told me to just put them on a short program in the washmachine,,and I did... I wanted to cry after my uggs came out, the werent soft anymore but rock hard, and the color had faded. And the werent even clean...

I recommend to buy the special cleaning stuff the uggs store provides, and keep them as clean as possible..and when they get dirty,,well,, its time to buy new ones...

#20 Jacilynda

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:08 PM

So I did it! I took before and after pics. They are still drying. Once they are dry I will post the pics. I don't think it was too bad. The backs of mine are VERY dirty from wearing them in the snow w/ dark pants. I did it late last night. So the backs are still a bit dirty. I don't have a cycle that is only 10-15 minutes, so I did our quickwash which was 33 minutes, and i think the tshirts actually really help.

Although, I have the minis and i don't fold them down. If you fold yours down at all I wouldn't do it. The inside fur kind of clumps together a little and doesn't look right folded. I will post pics of it. I actually think they may be as soft, if not softer, on the inside then when I got them!

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Originally Posted by jesjess View Post
Ladies..do NOT..I repead, do NOT throw your beloved uggs in the washing machine.
Believe me, its the death penalty for your shoes.. And I know, because when mine were totaly dirty, and wanted to clean mine, my dear hubby told me to just put them on a short program in the washmachine,,and I did... I wanted to cry after my uggs came out, the werent soft anymore but rock hard, and the color had faded. And the werent even clean...

I recommend to buy the special cleaning stuff the uggs store provides, and keep them as clean as possible..and when they get dirty,,well,, its time to buy new ones...
Have you tried this method? Did you use regular or any detergent? I read a bit before I decided to be a guinea pig, but woolite is the ONLY detergent you should put in w/ your uggs!!! And did you put them in the dryer?




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