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How to Clean Woven Baskets: A Comprehensive Cleaning Guide

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How to Clean Woven Baskets: A Comprehensive Cleaning Guide

Wondering how to clean woven baskets without damaging their delicate fibre? Well, you're in luck because I've got some tried and tested methods that will do the trick. 

As someone who loves these baskets and takes care of them myself, I'm excited to share my secrets with you. 

So, let's get into it!  

Getting down to business: The cleaning process

Below, I’ll be talking about how to thoroughly clean your basket:

Step 1: Gather the necessary cleaning supplies

First things first, you'll need to gather some cleaning supplies. I always make sure to have a soft microfiber cloth on hand for gentle cleaning. It's perfect for picking up dust and grime and won't scratch or damage the fibers. 

Along with that, you might need a soft brush for stubborn dirt, mild detergent to keep things clean, and a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment for delicate baskets. 

I also advise that you use cool water, not warm or hot, so the colors of your basket don’t bleed.

Step 2: Dust off surface dirt and dust

When using a microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any surface dirt and dust, make sure to reach all the nooks and crannies where dust likes to hide. For those stubborn spots, a soft-bristle brush works wonders. 

I sometimes use an old toothbrush or a gentle paintbrush to get into those tight spaces. If you have delicate or antique baskets, a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment works wonders for gently removing dust.

Step 3: Spot clean stains and spills

Act fast when it comes to spills to prevent permanent stains. 

Blot the spill with a white cloth, don't rub! If needed, use a gentle detergent solution, but remember, less is more. Dip a cloth or brush into the solution and gently apply it to the stained area. Rinse with a damp cloth and blot dry. 

For oil-based stains, try baking soda or water and white vinegar solutions recommended by Thai Homes Shop. Sprinkle a small amount over the greasy area and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes and then gently brush it off. The baking soda should absorb some of the oiliness.

In my experience, regular cleaning is key to keeping your woven baskets looking their best. 

Step 4: Rinse without the soak

Now, we don’t want to soak the African basket, as that can damage it.

Instead, take a clean, damp cloth (water only this time) and wipe the basket down to remove any soap residue. Remember, we’re trying to keep it as dry as possible. Water and woven baskets aren’t the best of friends.

Step 5: Sunbathe but not too much

How to Clean Woven Baskets: Rufina Design African woven baskets

Let’s give our basket some fresh air and a bit of sunshine. Place it outside to dry but in a shaded spot. Avoid direct sunlight, though – it can be a bit too harsh and might fade the natural colors of your basket.

Step 6: The final check

How to Clean Woven Baskets: Rufina Design African woven basket

Once it’s completely dry, give your basket a final once-over. Use your brush or cloth to catch any missed spots.  

Then, step back and admire your handiwork. Your basket should look refreshed, clean, and ready to bring charm to your space once again.

Lastly, remember the importance of regular maintenance. Taking care of your woven basket now will save you from needing to replace it prematurely. It’s always wise to protect your investment, whether it's for sentimental or monetary reasons.

Rufina recommends: African Laundry Basket 

Why cleaning woven baskets is important

Cleaning woven baskets isn’t just about making them look good – it’s about keeping them strong and lasting longer.

Dust and dirt might not seem harmless, but they can wear down the fibers over time, making the baskets weaker. Plus, baskets can pick up all sorts of stuff like pet hair, grime, and even tiny bugs.

If we don't clean them up, all that stuff can seep into the fibers and cause some serious damage.

Regular cleaning not only keeps our baskets looking nice but also helps us spot any damage early on.

By taking care of our baskets, we can avoid costly repairs or having to replace them altogether. 

How to reshape African baskets

At Rufina Designs, I'm all about bringing you  beautiful baskets  that not only look great but also stand the test of time. And I've got some simple tips to help you keep those baskets looking their best for years to come.

  • Always use cool water to clean your basket. This helps prevent the colors from running.
  • Be careful when reshaping your basket to avoid splinters. Wearing gardening gloves might be a good idea to protect your hands.
  • Sometimes, our baskets might arrive a bit squished or misshapen. No worries! Just use cool water to wet them and gently reshape them as needed.

Rufina recommends: African Laundry Basket 


Can woven baskets be washed?

Yes, woven baskets can be washed, but gently and with care. It’s important to avoid soaking them in water. Use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to lightly wipe the basket, and then allow it to air dry completely in a well-ventilated area. For baskets made from materials like sisal or sea grass, using a soft brush to remove dirt before wiping can also be helpful.

How can you deal with mold on a woven basket?

First things first, if you spot mold, don’t panic. It happens to the best of us. Mix a gentle solution of white vinegar and water (half and half) in a spray bottle. Give your basket a light misting—enough to tackle the mold but not so much that it’s dripping wet. Leave it to air dry outside if the weather’s on your side. Vinegar is like the fairy godmother of cleaning, gentle yet effective.

How often should you clean your woven baskets?

Regular cleaning can keep your baskets in tip-top shape. A monthly dust-off is a good rule of thumb, as it would keep your baskets from collecting too much dust or hidden surprises (old candy wrappers, anyone?).

As for a more thorough wash, twice a year should suffice unless they get dirty more frequently. For deeper cleaning, a toothbrush can be your best friend. It gets into those nooks and crannies, removing the buildup without damaging the fibers. Just remember, gentle is the name of the game.

Can woven baskets get wet?

Here’s the million-dollar question. Yes, but it’s a reluctant yes. They can handle a bit of moisture for cleaning purposes but don’t let them soak. Water is like kryptonite to Superman here; too much exposure weakens the fibers.

Can you clean woven baskets with bleach?

Bleach and woven baskets? Not the best match. Bleach is too harsh and can damage the natural fibers, leading to breakage, discoloration, or a sad-looking basket. Stick to milder cleaning agents like diluted vinegar or soap.

The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Woven Baskets

Do :

  • Dust regularly with a soft brush.
  • Spot clean stains with a gentle detergent and water.
  • Dry thoroughly to prevent mold.

Don’t :

Submerge in water.

  • Use bleach or harsh chemicals.
  • Ignore signs of damage; repair them early.

How do you clean woven fabric baskets?

Cleaning woven fabric baskets involves a few careful steps to ensure they are not damaged:

  1. Shake out or vacuum any loose dirt and debris.
  2. Spot clean any stains with a mild detergent mixed with water, using a soft brush or cloth.
  3. If the fabric is removable and washable, follow the washing instructions on the label. If not, gently dab the fabric with a damp cloth.
  4. Air dry the basket away from direct sunlight to prevent shrinking or fading.

Final thought

So, we’ve learned how to clean woven baskets- It’s about taking the time to air dry them properly, away from direct sunlight, to protect the fibers.

Regular maintenance, like dusting and inspecting for signs of wear, is key to prolonging their lifespan. 

We can’t forget the value of not overloading them and storing them in a cool, dry place to prevent mold. It’s these small steps that’ll help protect your woven basket investment.

Now that you’re equipped with this knowledge, it’s time to put it into practice. Happy basket cleaning!

Hi, I’m Rufina,

Back in 2018, I turned my love for crafting African accessories into  Rufina Designs  , right from my bedroom. It’s been an exciting ride ever since as I’ve delved into the vibrant world of African accessories. For me, it’s more than just a business venture – it’s a celebration of my Ghanaian heritage and a way to support our talented local artisans across Africa.

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