Did your pooch just pee on your Ugg boots?
When my dog was a pup, I found him cocking his leg up at my brand-new pair of snuggly Uggs. Before I could steer his attention away, it was too late. He’d already left a yellow splash on my beloved Ugg boots. Yup, I was pretty devastated as you can imagine. After all, Ugg boots don’t exactly come cheap!
As you do when something like this happens and you have no idea what to do, I headed to my laptop and searched Google for some suggestions. How to get dog pee out of Ugg boots, I typed.
Luckily, I found a few useful ideas that actually worked. Of course, I only needed one of them because I’d make sure it never happened again. But to help you out in this time of crisis, let me share some suggestions for getting dog pee out of Ugg boots (or any suede shoes for that matter!).
Oh, and just to point out: don’t throw your Uggs in the washing machine or take them to a dry cleaner.
Method 1: Suede Cleaner
- Suede cleaner
- Suede brush
- Damp cloth
Let’s start with the process that worked for me: the suede cleaner method. Because I treated the stain early, this speedy process worked really well for me. It took the stain and smell right out after just one round of cleaning. Older stains, on the other hand, may require two or three rounds of this cleaning process to fully remove the urine.
Suede cleaner is like shampoo. It cleans and can remove stains. Start by brushing your shoes with a suede brush, then run over them with a slightly damp cloth before spraying your Uggs with suede cleaner from a distance of around 20-30cm.
Next, use your brush once more to rub the product into the Uggs and wipe them with the damp cloth.
Leave the Uggs to dry before brushing them for a smooth finish.
Method 2: Nailbrush + Soapy Water
- Soapy water
- Suede brush
Another quick trick I found for getting dog pee out of Ugg boots involves only three simple materials. And it only takes a few mins, max! Again, this is a process best attempted if your stain is fresh. Older stains may require more complex processes.
Grab your nailbrush, dip it in a bowl of soapy water, and start scrubbing away at the urine stain. Avoid being too rough as you may damage the suede. Aim to go in gentle, circular motions to draw out the pee and its unpleasant scent.
Once you’re finished doing that, rinse and blot dry. If your Uggs get wet, let them dry naturally and stuff them with newspaper to maintain their shape.
Finish by using a suede brush to remove dust and restore their texture.
Method 3: Baking Soda + Laundry Detergent
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Clean towel
- Suede brush
This is more of a lengthy method for cleaning up urine spills and stains, but it is said to work effectively. In fact, this one’s probably the best method if the urine has sat there for a while. If it’s been a few days, opt for this method to remove urine from your Uggs.
Start by sprinkling baking soda over the soiled area of your boots. Leave it on overnight so it can absorb the urine.
Next, mix together one part warm water and one part laundry detergent. Dip your sponge into the mixture and then wring it out so that it’s damp, but not soaking wet. Then blot the area with your sponge.
Once you’ve got all of it off, wet your towel and blot the area to get rid of any excess soap and suds. Leave your Uggs to dry overnight. As mentioned before you can fill your shoes with newspaper or kitchen towel so they don’t lose their shape.
Next, brush the suede using your suede brush with a back and forth motion to restore the texture of your Uggs.
Finish up with a spritz of deodorizer to remove any lingering dog urine odor.
Method 4: White Vinegar
- White vinegar
- Dry cloth
- Suede brush
Looking for a method that won’t take too long? This one’s a good one. And don’t worry, it won’t leave your Uggs smelling like vinegar — rather the opposite actually!
You’ve probably heard of white vinegar before in reference to natural cleaning products. It’s actually really effective at removing limescale from kettles, cleaning drains, and even removing bad odors. Oh yeah, and guess what? It can also remove dog pee (and that awful scent) from Ugg boots.
To get started, pour a little of the white vinegar onto a clean, dry cloth. Then start working the vinegar into the stained suede. Avoid soaking the suede as this can damage the material and leave behind watermarks.
It’s always best to just dampen the suede if you’re cleaning it to keep it in best shape. Never soak your Ugg boosts if you want to maintain their original shape and texture.
Let your boots air dry, and then brush them to remove marks and restore their smooth texture.
Method 5: Enzymatic Cleaner
- Enzymatic cleaner
- Dishwashing liquid
Last but not least, another very effective method for getting rid of urine stains from Ugg boots. This is another slightly timely one, most suitable for aged stains.
Squirt a few drops of dishwashing liquid onto the stain and massage it in gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Next, blot at the boots using a cloth dampened with water to remove soap residue. This will also prime the stain for the enzymatic cleaner.
When choosing a cleaner, look for one that will break down urine and remove it completely from suede. There are a few different types of enzymatic cleansers, so check that it’s suitable for leather and suede otherwise you could run the risk of damaging your shoes. The right one will bond with the urine’s protein molecules to remove the stain and ammonia odor.
Next, apply the cleaner to the stain following the instructions on the bottle. Then let it air-dry.
If you wish, you can cover the treated suede with a towel or old sheet, but avoid blowdrying or using other heat tools to dry the material. Doing this can destroy your Ugg boots.
Repeat the process two or three times to fully remove the stain. Of course, you’ll be able to see at the end of each process whether the stain and odor has come out. If not, continue with another round of cleaning.
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