Getting Broken Glass Out of Your Carpet

Written by Carolanne Strong (last updated February 3, 2020)

I will admit that I've broken my share of dishes in the past, and each time I do I find myself humming that Annie Lennox song from the early '90s, Walking on Broken Glass, while I clean it up. Walking on broken glass is used in that song as a metaphor, but if you don't clean up properly and thoroughly, it could become a painful reality.

Safety is a priority in cleaning up broken glass, so keep people away from the danger zone. Depending on the glass that was broken and how hard it hit, shards and slivers can travel several feet, so give the area a wide berth. Also, make sure you are wearing shoes and heavy rubber gloves before you start your cleanup. You may also want to consider wearing glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses when you are down on floor level, because carpet fibers can fling small pieces if they are moved the right way, and you want to protect your eyes from airborne glass shards.

After you've donned your cleaning apparel, grab two leftover plastic shopping bags and place one inside the other. This step makes it less likely that the glass shards will slice through and fall out. Pick up the visible pieces and place them in the shopping bag. Tie off the bag and throw it in the dumpster.

Next, pull out your vacuum and thoroughly canvas the area. If your vacuum has a brush control option, turn it off so that the revolving brush doesn't scatter more than it suctions. If your vacuum doesn't have this option, you may want to use the hose instead.

Pick up the miniscule leftovers using duct tape by placing the sticky side down and sweeping it over the area. Start outside and work your way inside so that you don't cut up your hands and knees while you are on the floor. If you'd rather not kneel, you can strap some tape to the bottom of your shoes and walk around, just make sure that the sticky side is facing the carpet. Treat the used duct tape strips the same way you did the glass shards by carefully disposing of them.

Keep in mind that tiny pieces may surface over time so vacuum the area regularly for several weeks and don't walk barefoot over the area until you are certain that it is glass free. Also, if you are trying to clean up a fluorescent bulb break, please note that such bulbs contain mercury and are regarded as hazardous waste and the Environmental Protection Agency has special guidelines for clean up and disposal that can be found on the Agency's web site listed below.

Author Bio

Carolanne Strong

MORE FROM CAROLANNE

Easy Sofa Cleaning

Your sofa says a lot about you. It can show your sense of style, your temperament, your favorite colors and sometimes ...

Discover More

Lifting Stains from Your Garage Floor

Your garage is the part of your house that you think the least about, but also takes the most abuse. If the grease stains ...

Discover More

Caring for and Cleaning Painted Wood Floors

A painted wood floor can add a contemporary and fresh feel to a worn out wooden floor, but it does present some unique ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

How to Remove Silly Putty from Carpet

Because of its adhesive and gooey nature, Silly Putty can be difficult to remove from carpeting. Use an oil-based product ...

Discover More

Carpet Cleaning Supplies

Carpet cleaning supplies aren't as difficult to get as you might think. While it may seem a little overwhelming, all you ...

Discover More

Carpet Cleaning Basics

Before anyone wants to attempt advanced cleaning techniques it is always a good idea to understand the basics. To that ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four more than 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.