A pair of sheepskin boots can be your best friend in the winter; they’re warm and never seem to go out of style. Another great feature is that a well-made pair should give you several seasons of wear, as long as you properly care for them. Whether you’re looking to give an old pair a second life or hoping for a new set under the tree this year, here’s are some tips to take care of your boots so they stay looking as good as they feel.
Of course, prior to any kind of treatment, you’ll want to read the manufacturer’s care instructions for your particular pair of boots, as well as the directions for whichever products you’re planning to use.
- Before wearing your boots, prevent staining by first treating them with a sheepskin protector, like the UGG® Stain and Water Repellant.
- Be sure your boots are dry and wipe off any residue before applying. Take them outside (or to a well-ventilated area) and spray the protector evenly over sheepskin with until boot is wet, but not soaked.
- Let your boots dry out of direct sunlight in in a cool, ventilated space for 24 hours.
- Use a suede brush (often included in a sheepskin care kit) and lightly brush the nap in one direction.
- Lightly dampen your boots with clean water and a sponge. Apply a small amount of conditioner, such as the UGG® Cleaner and Conditioner, to the wet sponge. Gently scrub the surface of your boot. When finished, use a clean, damp sponge to remove excess residue.
- To speed up the drying process and help your boots maintain their shape, stuff with paper, then allow them to dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.
- Now that your boots are nice and clean, this is a great time to protect them from future wear and tear by treating them with a sheepskin protector.
- Eliminate odor by spraying the inside of each boot with a sheepskin freshener, also often included in a sheepskin care kit.
- Let boots dry naturally for at least 24 hours in a cool, ventilated space. Avoid direct sunlight or heat.
- Once dry, lightly brush in same direction to ensure your boots look their best.
OTHER CARE TIPS:
• NEVER put your boots in the washing machine or dryer
• DON’T take them to the dry cleaner
• BE SURE to take the same kind of care of other garments and accessories made with sheepskin or shearling, like bags and hats!
Try to make this cleaning regimen a regular habit, and remember to wipe off daily dirt, especially during the winter months to remove snow that may have been treated with salt. Don’t be daunted; this may sound time-consuming, but taking care of your boots is actually pretty quick to do with the right tools on hand, and so well worth it in the long run.