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Cleaning baskets

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Longaberger Baskets are designed to be handed down from generation to generation.  To help make that happen, it will be necessary to take care of your baskets, dusting and cleaning regularly.  Here are a couple suggestions we can make:

Older baskets with no color (prior to 1985) can be washed in mild soapy water, rinsed well and set to dry. 

For baskets later than 1985 or one with color, you need to be really careful with water because it can cause the colors to bleed.  It's recommended to use damp cloths to spot clean and/or as little water as possible.  You will also want to be careful with rubbing too much as the stain is water-based and can develop worn spots.

Step #1
To clean the basket gently clean as much dirt as possible off first, brushing with a soft bristled brush. Vacuuming the basket with the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner also works well.

Step #2
Using a spongy damp cloth, softly wipe the basket following the track of its weave. Ensure the cloth is not too much wet as excess moisture can affect the accessories. You can utilize a bit of mild soap if the basket is really dirty. Dilute one teaspoon of soap in one gallon of tepid water.

Step #3
With the use of damp cotton swab, get rid of any residual dust left in corners of the weave.


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