Cleaning Baskets

It’s safe to dust baskets with a treated cloth or to vacuum them using a brush attachment. However, getting after any dust or dirt that remains after a simple dusting is where the experts part company.

Care must always be used when using water with porous, natural materials.

Spot cleaning with a damp cloth is the safest approach, at least at first. Once you’re certain that the resulting moisture won’t warp or ruin a basket or make any colors run, you can probably head for the kitchen sink, tub or, yes, even the garden hose, since a water spray will get rid of that nook-and-cranny dust quickly and easily.

Whatever the water method, allow baskets to air dry completely before using again or storing. Be wary of drying them in the sun, since this can warp some materials used in making baskets.

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