Sheepskin is quite amazing. Single layered sheepskin boots where the leather skin is on the outside and the wool fleece can be worn without socks whereas synthetic fur will make your feet perspire heavily and make your feet ice-cold in winter. Worse yet, synthetics develop an odor quickly.
Sheepskin boots au natural are not like that; it takes a much longer time for odor to build up. With genuine sheepskin your feet do not perspire much, stay warm in winter, air-conditioned in summer.
Using water resistance and repellant cleaners are pretty standard. Make sure the surface is clean and dry and spray the area thoroughly and evenly with a back and forth motion making sure you spray the seams. Do not saturate. For best results, let boots dry 24 hours. During rainy weather apply stain and water repellant more frequently.
Read the manufacturers directions carefully. Apply down-wind and not near a flame. Many of these repellant’s are extremely flammable and are not the healthiest of aerosols to breath in.
If you don’t mind the color fading a little off your sheepskin boots (also referred to as Ugg, Ug, Ugh or Ughs), 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 and using Woolite keeps the fade at a minimum due to washing. Sheepskin boots will stretch with wear. A good fitting pair should fit snug and not too tight.
Deodorize sheepskin boots is a simple matter. After the boot is dried use a mixture of baking soda and corn flour to deodorize and soften the inside of the boots. Take 2 tsp of baking powder and 2 tsp of corn flour mixed together and sprinkle them inside the boot and shake the dust around the bottom. Let them stay overnight and shake out the excess in the morning.