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Shiny plastic purses are less expensive than leather ones, but the downside is that it's easy to scuff these plastic accessories by bumping into a rough surface. With a few cleaning supplies and office items you may already have, you can maintain the handbag's shine and beauty. When you are not using your purse, store it safely in a dust cover, a shoebox or on a shelf to protect it. Clean and inspect your plastic handbag regularly to prevent cracking and residue build up.

Cut a foam eraser bar into four pieces. By using smaller foam pieces rather than one large bar, you rub scuff marks away easier. Dampen the foam and rub the scuff mark away.

Dab a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Rub the cotton ball over the scuff mark to remove it. Wipe the spot immediately with a damp cloth. Touch up the plastic with a dab of petroleum jelly. Rub the jelly into the purse before wiping with a paper towel.

Touch a dab of toothpaste on a clean, damp cloth. Rub away the scuff mark with the cloth. Wipe away the toothpaste and pat it dry with a towel. Restore the shine by squirting a touch of furniture polish on the purse. Buff the purse for a high shine.

Tip

Some shoe stores sell plastic repair and polish kits.

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Mimi Bullock

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.