The DIY secret to waterproofing your suede UGGs

With winter incoming, it’s time to uncover those boots and warm shoes for proper dusting and cleaning. One of them would be everyone’s favourite UGG boots or UGGs. These are usually made of sheepskin, suede, wool, down, cotton, and even leather.

One of the most comfortable and warm boots, these are generally not water-resistant. Although some UGGs specifically designed for snow and rain serve the purpose, the plain suede ones are not waterproof.

Wait! Please don’t throw them away. There are DIY remedies to waterproof your UGGs and some helpful tips to take care of them.

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Equipment that you will need

The famous UGGs protect your feet in the winter because of their warm insides. However, the soft fur and suede cannot resist water in 99% of the cases. This leads to us having a love-hate relationship with our cozy boots.

If you are from Australia’s Alpine region, you are so in luck. You can waterproof your UGGs and use them in the rainiest of winters! It’s time to gather some necessary equipment.

  • Newspapers
  • A suede brush
  • A blunt Knife (optional)
  • Water
  • A clean cotton cloth
  • A sponge
  • A suede cleaner and conditioner
  • A suede waterproofing spray

A Step-By-Step Guide to Waterproof UGGs 

Before starting the waterproofing, you must let the UGGs stay in the open for a day to remove any smell or dampness. You can also put a tablespoon of baking soda inside the UGGs and shake it well with the mouth closed. Then, remove the powder thoroughly.

Once you have the equipment, you can start following these steps –

Cleaning your UGGs 

The first step is to clean your UGGs. Place your boots on several newspaper sheets and gently brush the surface with a suede brush. You can use a blunt knife to scrape any stubborn and sticky dirt.

Further, you can also use a pencil eraser to remove matte or shiny stains.


Next, take a damp cotton cloth and wipe the boots all over. Next, you need to put the sponge in cold water, dampen it, and add a small amount of suede cleaner.

Run the sponge on all sides and corners to remove residual stains or dirt. When you’re done, fill the insides with newspapers or dry cotton cloth. Let them sit in the shade for at least 24 hours or till they are completely dry.

Pro-tip: Be gentle with the rubbing as suede tends to damage easily.


A suede waterproofing spray will not damage the texture of your UGGs while producing desired results. Take your dry boots and place them on a fresh set of newspapers. Stand at a distance of 8 to 10 inches and spray the outside of your UGGs from all sides.

However, avoid over-spraying. You have to aim to dampen it. Again, you must let them sit in the shade with stuffed newspapers to retain shape.

Pro-tip: The area should be well-ventilated for drying.

The last touch

After your UGGs have dried completely, use the suede brush to even out the surface and spray a protective suede conditioner. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes, and you have ready a pair of waterproof UGGs.

Wrapping Up

Waterproofing UGGs is easy, and you can save money on expensive waterproof boots. So, now your existing UGGs will not only keep your feet warm but also restrict any water inside the boots.

However, you need to take care of them to increase their longevity, like avoiding water whenever possible and letting them dry 100% before storing. Further, you must avoid any chemicals on your boots as suede is one of the softest and coziest materials.

Finally, after waterproofing your UGGs, it’s time to stop worrying and start jumping in the snow.

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