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A feather duster or a clean, dry natural bristle paintbrush is the best way to remove dust from a basket. For deep cleaning, dampen a white 100% cotton cloth (cotton baby diapers work well), very slightly with clean cold water and blot gently; then let basket air dry completely.rnrnSoaking a basket in water or giving it a thorough “shower” can result in swelling of the fibers, and can contribute to color fading and loss of patina (a valuable asset for antique collectors).rnrnAn effective all-purpose cleaning solution, especially for outdoor rattan pieces is some liquid dish soap and warm water. Wipe with a soft cloth or sponge, then rinse away the soapy suds with a garden hose, don’t rub aggressively. For mould removal for outside furniture, add one cup of white vinegar to the solution.rnrnKeep baskets used for food separate from those used for other purposes. Line them with plastic if you keep food products in them.