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How to Be Careful When You Clean Up Broken Glass

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Whether it’s a broken drinking glass or a broken window, you can never be too careful when you clean up broken glass. It is so important to be as careful as possible to avoid getting cut or, worse, getting a small piece of glass stuck underneath your skin. There are some steps you can take to protect yourself when you clean up broken glass. CHC Glass and Mirror lists these steps below. The most important thing to keep in mind is to go slow and always be aware of where the glass is while you are cleaning it up.

Clear the Area

The first thing you should do is clear all people and pets away from the area where the broken glass has landed. If you have to, secure your pets in a room behind closed doors and make sure the kids stay clear. Only you should be in the perimeter of where the broken glass is. This makes certain that nobody else steps accidentally on a piece of broken glass and gets it stuck in their foot. This includes the cat and dog.

Protect Your Hands and Feet

If you don’t have any shoes on, put some on. Make sure they are thick-soled shoes so the glass can’t push through the sole and get stuck in your foot. Put on a pair of thick gloves, as well. If you have thick gardening gloves or leather gloves, use these. Suede gloves will also work to help prevent you from puncturing your fingers as you pick up the glass. 

Sweep Up the Glass

If you have an empty cardboard box, use it to hold the glass shards. If you don’t, a thick plastic bag will do, but a cardboard box is ideal. Carefully pick up the big pieces of glass and dispose of them in the box or bag. Pay attention to how you are picking up the pieces so that you don’t touch any sharp edges. Once the big pieces have been discarded, use a broom and a dustpan to pick up the smaller pieces.

Vacuum the Area and Beyond

Once you have gotten up as much of the broken glass as you can with your hands and a broom, vacuum the area thoroughly. Vacuum way beyond where you think the glass might be. You’d be surprised how far glass can fly when it is broken. Make sure to go over the area several times to ensure there isn’t any glass at all on the floor.

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