The cellulosic material of baskets will experience UV-induced degradation. This can result in discoloration of the natural material and also can cause embrittlement or weakening. Additionally, baskets may contain textile elements, as well as dyed or painted components. All of these will also be susceptible to light-induced fading. Thus, baskets should be kept in a minimally-lit area. This will help ensure that their original color is preserved.
Since baskets are typically composed of organic, cellulose-rich materials, they can be food sources for common household pests, such as silverfish, wood-post beetles, and even mice. Additionally, baskets will often have proteinaceous components, such as feathers or leather, which can attract clothes moths or carpet beetles. To prevent any pest-related damage, be sure to prevent the accumulation of surface grime and monitor routinely for pest activity.