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How to Clean Up Broken Glass – Hacks That Will Keep You Safe

No one likes to clean up broken glass. It’s not only messy, it’s dangerous. The glass experts at Janssen Glass are sharing some glass clean up hacks that will help you clean it up faster, easier, and safer. So the next time you drop a glass, miss the trash can, or break a window, try one of these tips.

Safety First

Broken glass is sharp and dangerous. Don’t take any chances. Make sure anyone in the room carefully backs away from the glass. If anyone is barefoot, it’s best to just have them stand still until you can remove the broken shards from around them. If you can, put on some thick rubber gloves, this will protect your hands.

4 Household Options for Safe Glass Cleanup

The best ways to clean up broken glass

Pick up the large pieces first, being very slow and careful. Put those pieces in a trash can. The hardest pieces to clean up are the smallest. Here are four great ways to get the small glass pieces completely:

Bread – Yes, bread. Get a piece (or two if the broken glass piece was large) and gently press the bread against the glass shards. The softness and moistness of the bread will cause the pieces to stick to it.

The Potato Trick – Take a raw potato and cut it in half (lengthwise is best for more surface area) and press the potato against the floor. The shards will press into the flesh of the spud and the moisture will make even the smallest pieces stick. Through the potato away when done. (You may have to wipe up the floor with a damp cloth to remove any starch left behind.)

Tape – Masking tape or duct tape will do (duct tape is a little thicker and may offer more protection). Wrap the tape around your gloved hand so the sticky side is facing outward. Dab the area where the glass was broken to gather all of the small pieces. They will stick to the adhesive. Carefully remove the tape from your hand and throw away when finished.

Damp Paper Towel – Fold a paper towel a few times to provide some thickness. Dampen the paper towel(s) and press into the glass shards. Throw the paper towel away when finished collecting the glass pieces.

Vacuum – If glass breaks on or near carpet, it’s best to pick up all of the pieces you can see and use any of the above methods as well. Finally run a vacuum cleaner over the area thoroughly in every direction to be sure you got all of the pieces.

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Other Glass Cleanup Tips

  • Beware that glass can get caught in a broom’s bristles, so if you must use a broom, thoroughly clean it afterwards or throw it away.
  • Glass can shatter much farther than you think. Be sure to check areas as far away as 15 feet and don’t forget to move furniture to look for hidden pieces.
  • If you vacuum, remove the vacuum bag and place it in the garbage, too, and take it out of the house.
  • If you put large glass pieces in the trash, take it out to the big can to avoid injury by an unsuspecting family member who decides to press the trash down with a hand or foot.
  • Don’t forget to also clean off the soles of your shoes!

Use these handy tips the next time you need to clean up broken glass. If you have other glass questions, or want to add glass to your home (shower doors, mirrors, shelves, etc.) give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online.

7 Shower Door Cleaning Tips From the Pros

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While glass shower doors are beautiful and practical, they do require regular maintenance to look their best. Are you caring for yours properly? Learn the tips to keep unsightly hard water streaks and marks away and have sparkling clean glass doors. Here are Janssen Glass & Door’s top glass shower door maintenance tips.

1. Squeegee after Showering

Each time you use your shower is another chance for hard water particles to attach themselves to microscopic pores in the glass shower doors. The best way you can actively prevent this problem is by buying and regularly using a squeegee after every shower.

This small action effectively removes water droplets from glass that could create streaks and hard water marks. Always squeegee directly after you shower and start from top to bottom. Also, take care to work around nooks and crannies to ensure you remove all water droplets.

2.  Use Our Favorite Glass Cleaner

We recommend you start with our favorite glass cleaner, which is Sprayway. This awesome cleaner is our favorite because it doesn’t just clean your glass, but it cares for it too.  All Sprayway glass cleaners are ammonia free, which means they won’t taint your window film or tint.

This cleaner can be used for pretty much any glass in your home, too. Sprayway glass cleaner leaves a spotless finish on glass windows, glass shower doors, glass cabinet doors, and more! You can buy bottles of Sprayway at Janssen Glass in Overland Park. Always start cleaning at the top of the windows and work your way down. This will avoid dirtying already cleaned parts of the window.

Insider cleaning tip: Clean your windows on a cloudy day. If you clean them on a sunny day, the sun’s rays will evaporate the cleaning solution before it has a chance to work its magic.

3.  Use The Right Tools

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Next, make sure you are using the right tools to get the job done. While old rags seem logical, they will leave behind lint, tarnishing the beautiful finish you are trying to achieve.

Instead of using a washrag or paper towels, use a lint-free cloth or, even better, use newspaper!

Don’t worry; the ink won’t stain the glass or mirror. It might leave residue on your hands, but it will leave all the glass and mirrors in your Kansas City home perfectly streak-free and shiny as can be.

If you want to be really thorough, do like professional window cleaners do, and use a squeegee to remove all of the cleaning solution from the windows or glass doors.

4.  Remove Stubborn Debris

Lastly, if you have debris or stickers stuck to your windows that just won’t come off, try this: Wet the window and debris with your window cleaner. Then, take a brand new 1″ single razor blade and evenly, and gently scrape the debris.

Be sure to use the flat edge, and not to poke at the window with the pointy corners. That could scratch your window. Make sure your glass is non-coated if you use this technique.

5. Use Glass Coatings for Shower Doors

One way to passively ensure your glass stays clearer is to use one of two glass coatings for shower doors. While both coatings effectively serve the same purpose, one just lasts longer. These coatings seal glass pores and keep minerals like calcium, magnesium, and other elements in hard water from attaching themselves to the glass.

Cardinal 10, or C10, is an aftermarket spray foam that is applied when your glass shower doors are installed, and then buffed off. This comes with a 10-year warranty.

ShowerGuard is a permanent coating that is applied during the manufacturing of your glass shower doors. The ShowerGuard system permanently seals the glass surface with a patented ion beam process. It protects your glass shower doors from hard water, soap, humidity and more. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. This service will help extend the life of your shower doors, and keep them sparkling clean.

6. How to Clean Shower Door Tracks

Dirty door tracks are gross, unappealing, and plain annoying to clean. They’re easily neglected and forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind, right? It must be done, but it doesn’t have to be so tedious. Here’s a quick summary of how you can easily clean all the shower tracks in your home and rest easier.

Tools You’ll Need for the Homemade Shower Track Cleaner

  • Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Toothbrush for Scrubbing
  • Q-Tips for Tight Spots
  • Water Spray Bottle for Rinsing

Get Those Shower Tracks Sparkling Clean

Start by pouring vinegar onto a paper towel so that it’s pretty much soaked. Then lay this onto the tracks, and let them sit for 30 minutes. Soak and lay enough paper towels to cover the length of your shower tracks. Turn on your exhaust fan during this process because the smell of vinegar can be strong.

After 30 minutes, remove the paper towels, and take your old toothbrush and run it across the tracks. With a little bit of effort, all the gunk should brush right off. Use the Q-tips to clean tight spots like corners and around screws. When you’re done scrubbing, take the spray bottle and rinse all the vinegar off the tracks. Once you’re done it should look as good as new!

7. Tired of Cleaning Shower Door Tracks? Get Rid of Them

If you’re sick and tired of cleaning shower door tracks, you should consider installing heavy glass shower doors. These types of shower doors typically swing open, and don’t normally require as much hardware including tracks. Check out our gallery of heavy glass shower doors to see the difference.

DIY: Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Here are a couple of do-it-yourself solutions from your friends at Janssen Glass & Door. These easy mixtures can save you a little money, and are made with all natural everyday ingredients. You can feel safe using these cleaning solutions around your kids and family.

Scented White Vinegar Glass Cleaner

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This cleaning solution takes a little prep time, but it’s worth it. Vinegar is a natural cleaning and detoxifying agent, but it is known for having a strong scent.

Two weeks before you need the solution, soak citrus peels of your choice in a fourth of a cup of vinegar.

After the two weeks are up, strain the citrus from the vinegar, and pour it into a spray bottle. Mix in a gallon of water and stir. Then, spray away!

Vinegar and Dish Soap Glass Cleaner

This cleaner also uses the super cleaning agent, vinegar, but requires less prep time. Mix one cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of dish soap of your choice, and a gallon of warm water. Mix the liquids together, and pour into a spray bottle. That’s it!

Read more glass cleaning tips on your blog here. Call Janssen Glass & Door for all your glass and mirror needs at (913) 677-5727.