As these baskets have a multitude of uses - they may become dirty or crushed and so need reshaping. To restore to their former glory, just follow these simple steps.
For the Moroccan baskets, you can wipe with a damp cloth but do not soak.
For the baskets from Ghana, either soak or spray with cold water. Gently scrub any dirt away with a soft brush. If they have been squashed or flattened, reshape by hand whilst damp and hang to dry thoroughly.
The baskets should dry overnight in a warm place or outside in the sunshine. They will become mouldy if left damp.
This process can be repeated as often as required without any damage, although the baskets with coloured patterns may fade in time.
The leather handles can be cleaned with a leather soap.
The Ghanian baskets should actually be sprayed with water once a year and then air dried to rehydrate the straw, and therefore extend its working life.
If you have any queries or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.