Lisa asked, “My beaded purse is dirty. How do I clean the beads?”
Cleaning a beaded purse may seem daunting, but with the steps below, you can have your purse restored with ease.
You Will Need:
- Talcum powder
- A towel
- A feather duster
- A hair dryer
Steps to Clean the Purse:
- If you break any of the strings on the purse, it is likely that multiple beads come off.¹ Consider taking a picture of your purse first so that it can be repaired if a string breaks.
- Inspect the purse for any fraying bead strings before cleaning and repair the strings if needed.²
- Lightly dust the purse with talcum powder. The powder will absorb the dirt.²
- Wrap the powdered bag in a towel for 24 hours.²
- Gently brush away the powder with a feather duster or a hair dryer on the slowest setting.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Spot clean the purse with club soda or dry cleaning fluid on a cloth. Dry the area immediately with a hair dryer to avoid water marks.²
- If a bead strand breaks, consider using dental floss to re-sew the beads so you don’t have to go get specialty jewelry string.³
- The Stain and Spot Remover Handbook by Jean Cooper
- How the Queen Cleans Everything by Linda Cobb
- 99 Cent Solutions by Reader’s Digest