How to Restore the Gold-Tone Hardware on a Purse

By Carrie Teresa Maison

A woman's purse is not only an accessory -- it's something she values and can be an extension of her personality. Despite the extra care you give them, some bags require cleanup eventually. Many handbags feature gold-tone hardware that's easily scratched and will eventually need to be cleaned and repaired or replaced. Hardware can also become dirty and build up residue with repeated use. Restore the gold-tone hardware on your purse so it looks its best, helping you look good too.

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Clean the hardware regularly so soil doesn't build up.

Step 1

Use the polishing cloth to rid the metal of any dirt. Doing so will also buff out any surface scratches that can be easily removed.

Step 2

Dip the toothbrush in the cleaning solution. In small circular motions, begin cleaning the hardware. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid scratches. Soft bristles allow for a gentle cleaning and lets you get to tight areas.

Step 3

Dry the metal with a cotton swab. This ensures there is no leftover residue from the cleaning solution. Finally, go back over the hardware with the polishing cloth for an extra shine.