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Basket Shaping and Care Guide

RESHAPING YOUR BOLGA BASKET

Bolga Baskets are made with strong, durable 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 you've had years of use from your basket and it needs a little joie de vivre follow these easy steps!

  • Hold the handle of the basket in one hand and push the basket from the inside out with your other hand.
  • It will now resemble a basket! But to get the perfect shape wet your basket with water by holding it under the shower, hosing it down, or dipping it in a large sink of cool water.
  • Once the water has soaked into the elephant grass it will become pliable and you will be able to mould it into shape with your hands.
  • To get the base of the basket to sit flat, gently push down on the rim with both hands evenly. 
  • It is important to dry out your basket as soon as possible, do this by placing it upside down in the sun or drying it out under a fan inside. (Never store your basket away wet/damp as it is a natural fibre and may go mouldy).
  • It won’t take long for you basket to dry out and voila! Your beautiful Bolga Basket is ready to use! If you have any queries about shaping your basket please don't hesitate to contact us!

 

CARING FOR YOUR GHANA BOLGA BASKET

To keep your Bolga Basket always looking its best here are our handy 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 wonky after years of use follow the above reshaping instructions.
  • Always store your basket in the shade, full sun will fade the colours.
  • If you happen to live in a particularly humid climate spraying your basket with diluted clove oil will help to prevent mould from growing.
  • When using your Bolga Basket as a beautiful pot plant holder we recommend taking your pot plant out of the basket when watering it and always use a saucer, you could also line the basket with a thick plastic to prevent the basket getting water stains or deteriorating.
  • The leather handle can be protected and conditioned with pure bees wax or other commercial leather conditioners eg. Neutral Dubbin.
  • Wet and dry your basket once a year to preserve the elephant grass.
  • 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, do not overload it! 

    CARING FOR YOUR KENYAN BASKET
    Kenyan Sisal Baskets and Bags are also made with a natural fibre; Sisal and sometimes Sisal and Wool. We advise not to get your basket wet. Here are our tips for Sisal Basket care;
    • If your basket gets squashed, no worries, just spritz slightly with water using a spray bottle, reshape by draping it over a bucket or bowl of a similar shape while it dries.
    • Keep your basket dry, again it is made from a natural fibre which will go mouldy and deteriorate if kept damp. Also, some of the colours may not be 'fixed' so best to avoid it getting wet.
    • When using your Sisal Basket as a beautiful pot plant holder we recommend taking your pot plant out of the basket when watering it and always use a saucer, you could also line the basket with a thick plastic to prevent the basket getting water stains or deteriorating.
    • Dab clean with a cool, damp cloth only.
    • Do not rub.
    • Always store your basket in the shade, full sun will fade the colours.