Every Piece Of A Broken Ornament With This Trick
Fancy Christmas tree ornaments have a tendency to shatter into a billion little pieces of glass that can easily cut someone when they get dropped or knocked down. Don’t let that happen! When your cat, child, or clumsy family member knocks an ornament into merry oblivion, try this trick instead.
How to Clean Up Broken Ornament
1. Protect Yourself. First things first: Put on rubber gloves and shoes. I don’t care how big a fan of Annie Lennox fan you are, no one likes walking on broken glass, especially without proper protection. If there are any children or animals near the mess, check them for injuries and then remove them from the area until it’s clean.
2. Remove the Big Shards. Use your gloved hands to carefully pick up the biggest pieces and place them in either a paper or a double-layered plastic bag. Check the floor as far as fifteen feet away from the point of impact–you’ll be amazed at how far glass can fly.
3. Vacuum. Suck up any remaining fragments with the hose attachment of your vacuum. Check underneath nearby furniture, as well. Don’t, under any circumstances, use a broom; tiny shards can get stuck in the bristles and come loose later, making an even bigger mess. If you must use a broom, throw it away afterwards and get a new one.
4. Get the Tiny Pieces. There will likely be glass dust and tiny leftover pieces of your once-beloved Champagne flute near the point of impact. Press a soft piece of bread against the ground–it will pick up and hold any tiny stray pieces. Then use damp paper towels to wipe down the entire crime scene, including the vacuum hose and the soles of your shoes. Place the paper towels in the bag, tie it up, and put it in the garbage. Remove the vacuum bag and place it in the garbage, too, and take it out of the house.
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