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How to Care for Your Handwoven Baskets (Insights from a Basket Enthusiast) 

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How to Care for Your Handwoven Baskets (Insights from a Basket Enthusiast) 

So, we’ve covered the basics of cleaning and reshaping your woven baskets. Now it’s time to delve into another critical aspect: how to care for your handwoven baskets. 

I mean, think about it, you’ve invested in these beautiful baskets, so it only makes sense to ensure they stay in tip-top condition, right?

I’ll be sharing some personal insights and tried-and-true tips on how to keep your woven baskets looking their absolute best for as long as possible.

How to preserve and care for woven baskets

Keep them clean and dust them regularly

Regular cleaning  is essential for maintaining the appearance of your handwoven baskets. Dust and dirt can quickly accumulate, making them look less appealing.

As Mraees Mirza on  Quora  rightly suggests, a standard cleaning routine is a good step. Start by gently brushing your baskets with a soft brush or using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove surface dust.

For a deeper clean, a slightly damp cloth can be used, but be cautious not to saturate the material, as excessive water can harm the fibers.

Avoid excessive moisture

I always tell my clients that woven baskets and moisture are not a good combination. Excessive dampness can lead to mold, mildew, and even damage to the fibers.

Changes in weather, as noted by the experts at STORAGEWORKS , can harm your handwoven baskets, so it’s crucial to keep them in dry environments.

Also, I do not like to store my baskets in damp areas like basements or bathrooms, and if they do get wet, I advise you to thoroughly air dry away from direct sunlight.

Keep them out of direct sunlight and heat sources 

Just like our skin, woven baskets can be damaged by too much sun. Ultraviolet rays can cause fading and weaken the fibers.

By placing your baskets in areas where they’ll receive indirect light, you can shield them from the sun’s harmful effects and keep them looking vibrant for years to come.

Handle with care

You know that saying, “Handle with care”? Well, it definitely applies to our woven baskets. Despite their durability, these beauties can be prone to snagging or fraying if mishandled.

So, when moving them around, be gentle. Avoid dragging them across rough surfaces or overloading them with heavy items. Trust me, a little TLC goes a long way in preserving their shape and integrity.

Avoid sources of stains

Stains—every basket’s worst nightmare. Whether it’s grease, oil, or dye transfer from other items, stains can quickly ruin the appearance of your handwoven baskets.

But with prompt action and  gentle cleaning methods, you can banish those pesky stains and restore your baskets to their former glory. Just be sure to avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers, as they can damage the delicate fibers of your basket.

Use the basket for its intended purpose as much as possible 

Let’s talk basket functionality. While these beauties are versatile, it’s best to use them for their intended purpose whenever possible.

Constantly changing what’s stored in them can lead to mold growth or odors, so designate specific baskets for specific uses.

And if you must switch things up, consider using liners to protect the baskets from moisture and odors.

Rotate and rest

If you’re using baskets for planters or to store items that are heavy or have sharp edges, consider rotating the basket’s position occasionally. This prevents pressure points from forming and keeps the shape uniform.

And hey, don’t be afraid to give them a break every now and then. Alternating their use with other storage solutions can help prolong their lifespan and keep them looking fabulous.

Repair and restore

Don’t fret if your basket starts showing signs of wear; a little TLC can bring it back to life. Loose ends can often be re-tucked or woven back into the design. 

For more significant damage, consider taking it to a professional or looking up  DIY repair tutorials  specific to the type of weaving your basket has.

Keep away from the reach of children or pets

Ah, the joys of parenthood and pet ownership—nothing brings more happiness to a home. But with little ones and furry friends running amok, your handwoven baskets may be at risk of damage.

To prevent this, it’s essential to keep your baskets out of reach from children and pets or supervise their interactions closely. By doing so, you can protect your baskets from tears, fraying, and other forms of damage. 

Store them properly

When not in use, store your woven baskets in a cool, dry place. I have found that stacking them inside each other can save space, but make sure you do it gently to avoid crushing the fibers.

If you’re storing them for a long time, consider wrapping them in breathable fabric to protect them from dust and pests.

Embrace the imperfections

Last but not least, embrace the imperfections of your handwoven baskets. From slight variations in color to small irregularities in shape, these quirks are what make each basket unique and special.

So don’t fret over minor flaws—embrace them as a testament to the basket’s handmade nature and the artisan’s skill.

Why you need to care for your baskets

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Imagine your gorgeous handwoven baskets, attacked by mold, faded by sunlight, or stained by spills. Not a pretty sight, huh? Well, that’s why it’s crucial to take care of these beauties.

Mold, light exposure, water damage, dirt buildup, and staining can all wreak havoc on your beloved baskets, diminishing their charm and durability.

With the right care and attention, you can shield your baskets from these threats and preserve their beauty for years to come. Whether you use them for storing blankets, displaying plants, or organizing odds and ends, maintaining your baskets is essential to ensure they continue to serve you well.


My basket has a musty smell. How do I get rid of it?

If your basket has developed a musty odor, try airing it out in a well-ventilated area or placing it in the sun for a few hours. You can also sprinkle baking soda inside the basket and let it sit for a day before brushing it out.

How do you protect woven baskets?

To keep your woven baskets looking fresh, it’s all about preventing damage. Avoid placing them in damp or humid areas to steer clear of moisture issues. And if you’re storing them away, find a dry spot away from direct sunlight. Oh, and try not to stack heavy stuff on top of them—nobody likes a squished basket!

How do you keep woven baskets from drying out?

Ah, the dreaded dry-out! Nobody wants their baskets to feel all brittle and sad. To keep them nice and supple, try giving them a little spritz of water every now and then. Not too much though, we don’t want them soggy!

How do you take care of old baskets?

Taking care of old baskets is all about gentle love and attention. It’s also how to condition old baskets. Start by giving them a good clean, being extra careful not to damage any delicate fibers.

If they’re looking a bit worse for wear, you can try gently  reshaping them by wetting the fibers and coaxing them back into place. Treat them like the treasures they are, and they’ll reward you with years of beauty!

How do you care for hand woven baskets?

  • First off, give them a gentle dusting with a soft brush or cloth to keep them clean. 

  • If they need a deeper cleaning, a little bit of mild soap and water will do the trick. Just remember to dry them thoroughly afterward. Easy peasy!

Final thoughts

By following these simple yet effective tips on how to care for and maintain your handwoven baskets, you can ensure they remain beautiful, functional, and full of life for years to come.

So go ahead, give your baskets the care and attention they deserve, and watch as they continue to bring joy and beauty to your home.