Broken glass can really be a challenge to clean up. Whatever may have caused the window to break could also have a lot to do with how you have to clean up the glass. If it was something small, like a baseball or a bird, then there will more than likely be bigger pieces that need to be cleaned up. However, if it was something bigger that broke the glass, then there are going to be many more smaller pieces that you are going to have to worry about as you clean. Make sure that you know the right way to clean any broken glass out of your window pane so that you can put a new glass in and also so that you will not have to worry about anybody becoming injured.
Step 1 – Safety
The first and most important thing that you are going to need to worry about is the safety aspect of this task. You will find that being able to remove glass from a window pane can be very dangerous if you do not protect yourself properly. Make sure that the gloves that you use are heavy duty and will be able to prevent you from getting cut. Goggles are another good idea to wear just in case. You should consider wearing long pants and a long sleeved shirt and of course always wear shoes. Set a towel down in the area where you will be removing the glass to prevent it from getting in the carpet or on the floor.
Step 2 – Brush
You will need to get a large and heavy duty brush meant for cleaning and wipe away all of the small pieces first. Make sure that you go slowly and that you aim for the trashcan that you have set on the floor or held up next to the window pane. You may need to empty out your trashcan after one or 2 swipes depending on how small your trashcan is or how large the window is.
Step 3 – Large Pieces
After removing the small pieces, take the larger pieces and break them off. Make sure that you use caution whenever doing this and to take your time. Take each piece that you break off and throw it away before you move on to the next one. You may need a bigger trashcan for this step.
Step 4 – Putty Knife
Once you have brushed away all of the smaller pieces, get your putty knife and begin to chip away at the glass that is left on the edge of the window. This is something that can be very dangerous if you are not wearing your goggles and gloves. Make sure that you do one piece at a time and you get the entire piece into the trash before moving on. Once all of the edges have been chipped away take the brush out once more and brush the window frame clean. Finally, use a vacuum to clean up all the debris left on the window and the floor.
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