Canes are simple toys and therefore require simple care.
Canes of man-made materials (acrylic, delrin, lexan, metal) are easy to clean. Use a Lysol wipe and allow to dry.
Rattan Canes can be wiped down with a Lysol wipe but these cannot be sterilized. To keep them in good working condition, soak them in water for about 30 minutes once a month to keep them flexible. They are reeds and not wood, so they must be conditioned this way to keep them from breaking.
Rawhide canes can be wiped down with a Lysol wipe, but these must be allowed to dry completely before storing them. All canes should be stored in such a way as they will not bend. If stored while bent, these bends may become permanent.
Canes should be used lightly at first and with a light grip. Acrylic and rattan canes can be easily broken if the incorrect technique is used. Gripping them too tightly and swinging with a rigid arm and wrist will be most likely to result in a broken cane. You needn't use a lot of force to get the desire result with these canes. Quick, sharp taps are often enough to get the attention of your bottom as well as leave a nice mark behind to remind them of their transgressions the following day.