Proper upkeep can keep your Burleigh Sheepskin looking great for years to come. Here are a few simple steps on how to care for and clean your sheepskin footwear:
I. After Purchase Before Wearing
Before wearing footwear for the first time, apply a quality repellent spray such as Burleigh Water Repellent. Make sure the spray is not oil based. Spray the footwear, wait 15 minutes, then re-apply. Repeat 2-3 times.
II. Mild Cleaning
Clean the exterior of your sheepskin footwear regularly with a soft, clean, dry brush or sponge. This will remove any surface debris such as dust or dirt which can stain over time if the footwear gets wet. A few times a season, do a light exterior brushing then re-apply the water and stain repellent using the same method as mentioned in Step I.
III. Deep Cleaning
If your sheepskin footwear needs a deeper cleaning, dilute 1-2 tablespoons of baby shampoo or UGG® Cleaner into a sink or basin filled with clean, room-temperature water. Immerse the shoe completely.
A. Exterior Deep Cleaning
Use a soft, clean sponge to lightly scrub the entire footwear surface with even pressure, keeping the footwear fully submerged in the soapy water.
B. Interior Deep Cleaning
Massage the sheepskin footwear interior, like you would when washing hair, using plenty of diluted soapy water. Use clean water to thoroughly rinse the footwear interior and exterior of all soap and debris. Repeat this process with the other footwear mate.
IV. Drying The Shoes
Gently blot the footwear exterior using a cotton towel to absorb as much water as possible without pulling on the leather. Wet leather stretches easily, so take care not to use excess pressure. Repeat this same blotting process for the interior. Place the shoes in an area with moving air from an open window or fan. Keep the footwear away from direct heat or sun while drying.
V. After Drying
After the shoes are dry, re-apply 2-3 treatments of the Burleigh Spray or comparable water and stain repellent. If the shoe is a smooth leather, apply a light conditioner to replenish the oils that have been washed out.