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How to Maintain Your Handwoven Baskets

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How to Maintain Your Handwoven Baskets

Handwoven baskets are renowned for their classic beauty and toughness. They add a touch of texture and cosiness to any room while serving as utilitarian art pieces. They were formerly necessary storage and organization tools,and now they are extensively used for their decorative, farmhouse appeal.

We've compiled the most important maintenance advice below to help you keep your handwoven baskets looking great for longer.

Stay Away From Moisture and Heat

Weather variations can cause temperature and humidity swings at home, which can be damaging to your handmade baskets. For example, extreme heat can prematurely dry up the fibres and make them flake, while UV radiation from the sun can cause fading and bleaching. On the other hand, moisture can lead to the growth of mould, draw insects, and even give off a musty smell.

Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to maintain constant humidity and temperature levels. Avoid placing your baskets near sources of intense heat or high humidity, such as windows that face the sun, stoves in kitchens, fireplaces, showers in bathrooms, and moist basements.

Keep Out of Children's and Pets' Reach

Although the sounds of happy canines barking and children playing fill our homes, they can also be dangerous for your handwoven baskets. Tiny hands could damage and fray the seagrass by picking at the fibres or removing the water hyacinth strands. Dogs in particular may chew on the handles and edges of the basket, causing breakage and holes in the weave. They might also grip the wicker with their claws, untangling whole pieces.

When at all possible, keep your wicker baskets out of the reach of youngsters and pets to safeguard both them and your loved ones. Check your baskets frequently for damage, and replace or repair any that become dangerous right away.

Steer Clear of Stain Sources

Because they are airy and porous, wicker baskets are easily stained. Unabated stains can be left behind by grease, oils, and sticky meals easily penetrating into the wicker fibres. Additionally, dark colours from clothing, newspapers, or other coloured objects may seep into the wicker and change the colour of the basket to something you don't want.

To reduce any lingering effects, clean the baskets as soon as stains appear. While bleach might be necessary to remove dye transfer stains, absorbent powder or oil-busting detergent can help remove grease and oil stains.

Preserve the Intended Use as Much as You Can

Although handwoven baskets are useful and found in many households, over time the weave may become damaged if items are regularly added to or removed from them. If you put fruits and vegetables in the same basket after using it to store books or towels, for instance, moisture from the vegetables may seep into the wicker and cause mould to form. The scents from objects with strong scents may also seep into the basket. When it is feasible, rotate the usage of designated baskets for particular categories of storage and avoid overloading them.

When keeping moist or perishable items in a basket, line it with an absorbent cloth, paper towels, or a perforated plastic liner if multipurpose use is unavoidable. After emptying, take out the liner and give the entire basket a wipe down with a weak solution of bleach. To reuse, let it air dry fully.

Often Dust the Baskets

Ensuring the appearance of your handmade baskets requires routine cleaning. Use a feather duster, a paintbrush with soft natural bristles or the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner for regular dusting. Use a white cotton cloth that has been mildly dampened with cold water to gently blot the area for deeper cleaning or specific stains.

The fibres in your baskets may swell if you immerse them in water or other liquids. Scrubbing tough stains should be done carefully to avoid damaging and scuffing the wicker strands. Avoid using scrubbers and cleansers with abrasives as they might damage the wicker.


Maintaining the original appearance of your handwoven wicker baskets requires regular cleaning and upkeep. You can take use of its rustic charm and functionality for many years by being aware of their unique needs. These baskets will remain a useful addition to your home's decor, bringing warmth and character to your area with a little upkeep and care. These handwoven baskets are precious because of their beautiful weaves, individual flaws, and the artisanal heritage they represent. Let's value and love them.

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