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Shaping and Caring for Your Basket

Shaping your basket is easy and will only take you a few minutes.

MARKET BASKETS, FLEETWOOD BAGS and CHANGING BASKETS

Our Baskets are made with durable, strong and flexible elephant grass. When elephant grass gets wet, it's pliable and you are able to use your hands to mould your basket back into it's original shape. So if your beautiful basket has just arrived folded down in the post or it needs a little re-shape, follow these easy steps below and you will get years of use from these environmentally friendly products!  

1. Push out the base of your basket and thoroughly wet with water using a tap, hose or dipping in a sink filled with cool water. Take care NOT to wet the leather handle and be sure to remove the mattress first if re-shaping a changing basket.  

2. Leave your basket for a minute to soak in the water and become pliable.

3. Start to mould your basket to a nice round shape. I find tapping and smoothing out the inside wall of your basket helps to get a nice round shape and finish to your basket. Take care though, as sometimes the elephant grass can spike your finger when smoothing.  

4. Leave your basket to dry out in the sun or indoors under a fan. It will harden up once dry and will hold the shape it has been moulded to.  (Never store your basket away wet/damp as it is a natural fibre and may go mouldy).

5. Your basket is now ready to use and enjoy for many years to come! You can reshape your basket as many times as you need.  Please contact us if you need further assistance on shaping your baskets or check out some youtube videos available online.  

 

CARING FOR YOUR BASKETS

The baskets are made form elephant grass which, if abused or misused, will abrade or break.  To keep your Baskets always looking their best, here are our care tips;

  • Always dry out your basket promptly if it gets wet to prevent mould/mildew growing.
  • If you spill anything in your basket simply wash it out using a hose but don’t use detergents and be sure to dry it out straight away.
  • If it goes a bit misshaped after years of use follow the above reshaping instructions.
  • Always store your basket in the shade as full sun will fade the natural dyes used to colour the elephant grass.
  • If you happen to live in a particularly humid climate spraying your basket with diluted clove oil will help to prevent mould from growing.
  • The leather handle can be protected and conditioned with pure bees wax or other commercial leather conditioners.
  • Avoid dragging your basket along rough surfaces.  
  • Do not lift or carry a double-handled basket with one handle or outwardly extend the double handles.  
  • Wet and dry your basket once a year to preserve the elephant grass and keep dust at bay.
  • Last but not least, bolga baskets are world renowned for their durability and strength however it can only carry weight within reason. To prevent your basket from weakening or breaking we recommend you do not overload it.

 ** Please note: Handmade products may have characteristic blemishes that reflect the imperfections of human endeavour and add to their unique authenticity.