How to Preserve Wicker Baskets

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How to Preserve Wicker Baskets
Wicker baskets are very handy and can be used indoors or outdoors. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Wicker baskets are made of rattan, paper fibres, cane, or reed woven together. Simple yet versatile, they are important to a homemaker or crafter who wants everything organised. Since wicker baskets are made of light material, they can be carried or moved easily inside or outside your home. Unfortunately, anything made of wicker can start to mould or develop a nasty smell. But you can take simple steps to keep your wicker basket looking eternally new.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Household detergent
  • Toothbrush
  • Bleach
  • Vacuum cleaner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make sure your wicker basket isn't exposed to harsh weather conditions. Keep it out of the rain as the moisture will cause moulding.

  2. 2

    Wash your wicker basket with warm water and a mild household detergent once every few months. Allow it to dry outside.

  3. 3

    Mix one part bleach to three parts water and wash your wicker basket with the solution and allow to dry. This will prevent darkening of the wicker.

  4. 4

    Dust your wicker basket regularly. Brush hard using a toothbrush to reach nooks and crevices. Remove dust from the basket using a vacuum cleaner.

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