No one wants to have to clean up broken glass. Not only is it messy, but it’s usually quite dangerous, too. While this is true, some tips can help you clean up broken glass faster and prevent injuries along the way.
Remember: Safety First
Broken glass is sharp and dangerous. You can’t afford to take any chances. Be sure anyone who is in the area where the glass broke backs away from the shards carefully. If someone is barefoot, they should stand still until the broken glass around them is removed. If possible, put on thick, rubber gloves before you start cleaning up. This will help protect your hands.
Options for Cleaning Up Broken Glass Safely
The first step in the cleanup process is to pick up the biggest pieces first. Make sure you move slowly and carefully. Put all those pieces in a trash can or similar container. The most challenging pieces to clean up are the smallest ones. There are a few hacks you can use to make this process a little easier.
Grab a few pieces of bread and press it into the glass shards. The moistness and softness of the bread will cause the pieces to get stuck inside it.
The Potato Trick
Cut a raw potato in half (lengthwise is best to increase the surface area). Once cut, press the potato against the floor where the broken glass is shattered. The shards will press into the potato’s flesh, and the moisture will ensure even the smallest pieces stick. Make sure you throw the potato out when you are done, and it may be necessary to wipe the floor using a damp cloth for any potato starch that’s left behind.
Duct tape or masking tape will do the trick, but duct tape is often preferred because it is thicker and offers more protection. Wrap the tape around the hand that is covered by a glove, sticky side out. Dab the tape on your hand in areas where the glass is scattered to pick up all the pieces. They should stick to the adhesive. Make sure to remove the tape from your hand very carefully and throw it away when you are finished.
A Damp Paper Towel
Fold up a paper towel several times to give it some thickness. Wet the paper towel and press it into the glass shards on the floor.
The glass has broken near or on the carpet, pick up as many pieces as you can. You can see if any of the above methods will work too, but sometimes they are not as effective on carpet. The last step is to use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining shards.
After you have cleaned up the mess, if new glass is needed for a window, door, or table, be sure to get in touch with the professionals. Find a service provider that offers emergency repairs if the broken glass needs to be repaired right away.