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How-To: Clean Up Broken Glass


I broke a mercury glass votive in my bathroom last week, and I was kind of careless about cleaning it up. Long story short, I ended up with a piece of glass in my foot. Not. Fun. Since I don't wish the same fate for any of you, I thought I'd tell you how to clean up broken glass the correct way. The first step is to clean up the glass thoroughly and immediately. To hear the other (actual) steps, read more.

  1. First, carefully pick up any large pieces and put them into a trash bag.
  2. Then, sweep the glass as best you can into a pile and then into a dustpan.
  3. Vacuum the entire area, even beyond where the glass fell, as it tends to shoot off several feet in each direction. Use your hose attachment on any crevices, such as the grout between your tile.
  4. Now, you need to make sure all the tiny pieces are cleaned up. You can do this by dampening a paper towel and pressing it on the floor, making sure you do not touch the underside of the paper towel. Wipes, like Clorox Green Works Wipes, are great for this. If you're working with a large area, replace the towel and start with a fresh one after a few presses. You can also clean up these fine glass bits by laying duct tape on your floor and burnishing with a credit card to make sure it's smooth, and then lifting up the tape. This is more time-consuming, but works.
  5. When you're finished, make sure to safely dispose of all of your paper towels in the trash can. Fini!

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