It’s best to handle your baskets with clean hands; free of oil or grease of any kind. Body oils can damage the baskets as can high humidity, by causing stains, mold, and mildew. Pick up baskets by supporting the bottom, especially if it has any contents inside. 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. Soaking a basket in water or giving it a thorough “shower” can result in swelling of the fibers, and can contribute to color.