How to Clean Woven Baskets: A Guide by The Hideaway

On 16 February 2024 - In 

Woven baskets, with their intricate designs and practical functionality, have become a staple in homes across the globe. Not only do they add a touch of rustic charm to any space, but they also serve as versatile storage solutions. At The Hideaway, where innovation meets tradition, we pride ourselves on offering a unique selection of handcrafted woven baskets, sourced from local South African artisans. In this blog, we'll share expert advice on how to keep your woven baskets looking as pristine as the day you brought them into your home.

Understanding Your Woven Basket

Before diving into the cleaning process, it's crucial to understand the material of your basket. Woven baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including wicker, rattan, bamboo, and seagrass. Each material may require a slightly different approach to cleaning, but the general guidelines provided here will ensure your baskets remain in top condition.

Routine Dusting: The First Line of Defence

Dust and debris can easily accumulate within the crevices of woven baskets. A soft-bristle brush or a handheld vacuum with a brush attachment can be your best tool for regular maintenance. Gently brush over the surface and interior of the basket to remove dust particles, taking care not to damage the fibres.

Dealing with Spills and Stains

Accidents happen, but they don't have to ruin your beautiful basket. For spills, blot the area immediately with a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can push it deeper into the fibres. For tougher stains, a mild detergent solution can be applied with a soft cloth. Test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't damage the material.

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Deep Cleaning Your Basket

Occasionally, your woven baskets may require a more thorough cleaning. This can be achieved by using a mild soap solution and a soft brush. Gently scrub the basket's surface, paying extra attention to any stained areas. Rinse with a damp cloth and allow the basket to air dry completely, preferably outdoors but away from direct sunlight to prevent warping or fading.

Preventative Care

To extend the life of your woven baskets, consider these preventative measures:

  • Avoid placing heavy items in the baskets that may cause stretching or deformation.
  • Keep baskets away from direct sunlight and high humidity to prevent fading and mould growth.
  • Rotate your baskets if they're used for plant holders to evenly distribute sunlight and weight.


Woven baskets, a testament to skilled craftsmanship and functional design, deserve to be cared for with the same level of attention and respect. At The Hideaway, our commitment to supporting local artisans and promoting high-quality, sustainable products is reflected in our carefully curated selection of woven baskets. By following these simple care instructions, you can ensure that your woven baskets remain a cherished part of your home décor for years to come.

Remember, when you choose a woven basket from The Hideaway, you're not just adding a piece of décor to your home; you're embracing a piece of South African heritage and craftsmanship. Visit us at our Cape Town location or browse our online collection to find the perfect woven basket for your space.

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