Abigail asked, “How in the world am I supposed to clean all this glitter up?”
You’ve probably noticed that tiny pieces of glitter have a way of sticking to just about everything, even without glue. Use the tips below to quickly clean up a glitter spill or any remnants of previous glitter projects.
Removing the Glitter
You Will Need:
- Damp paper towel
- Dryer sheet
- Vacuum hose
- Lint roller
- A balloon
Steps to Clean up the Glitter:
- If there is a large spill on a flat surface, use a damp paper towel to sweep the glitter into a concentrated area. If the glitter is sticking to the surface, use a dryer sheet to sweep it into a pile.
- Use a vacuum hose to pick up the pile of glitter or the bulk of a glitter spill on a carpet.
- Use a lint roller to remove the remaining bulk of the glitter from any surface.¹ A lint roller has a special kind of adhesive that is so mild, you can even lint roll the cat if there is glitter in it’s fur.
- Use a piece of tape to pick up any remaining stray pieces. A piece of Scotch tape may be sufficient to pick up the glitter, but if not, use duct tape. Tape has more adhesive than a lint roller, so do not put tape on a pet’s fur.
- If there are still pieces of glitter giving you trouble, try using a balloon. Blow up the balloon and rub it on the carpet to charge it with static electricity, then rub the balloon over the piece of glitter.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the spill is inside of a backpack or other washable bag, vacuum it out or shake the bag out over a trash can and then wash it as usual.
- To prevent a glitter spill, store the glitter in a spice shaker.²
- Place a pie pan or cookie sheet underneath future projects involving glitter so any spill is contained.³
- A box with sides that are about four inches high can also be used to enclose a project while it is sprinkled with glitter.⁴
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