How to Safely Clean Shattered Glass in Your Car

Cleaning up shattered glass within a vehicle is not a fun task, especially if it’s your first time. You want to ensure you take care of the dangerous shards of glass and eliminate the risk of someone getting hurt while riding in your vehicle. If you’ve recently been in an accident or had an object break a window in your car, you will want to immediately take action. 

In today’s blog, A1 Windshield Repair shows you the proper steps to take when cleaning up shattered glass in your car. 

Step #1: Keep Yourself Safe

Before starting the clean-up process, make sure that your vehicle is parked in a safe place where you can easily move around, going from one side of your car to the other in a comfortable manner. 

Next, ensure that you are properly equipped to keep yourself from being scratched by a sharp piece of broken glass. It’s best to wear closed-toed shoes and a pair of gloves that fit well, further protecting you from sharp edges of glass. Once you are properly outfitted, locate a box or trash receptacle that can hold the shattered glass, without cutting or tearing the receptacle open. 

Once you are outfitted and equipped, remove any personal items from the area where the shattered glass is located. Place these items in a bag or container, and remember that there could be tiny pieces of shattered glass stuck to these items, so you will need to handle this as you see fit. 

Step #2: Remove Shattered Glass 

Begin the clean up process by removing large fragments of glass first. These large pieces can be placed into your box or trash receptacle and then disposed of. After large pieces of glass are removed, it is best to vacuum up the remaining small pieces of shattered glass from the carpet floor and seats of your vehicle. Shop vacs are ideal for handling shattered glass, but if you do not have access to one, a standard floor vacuum (using the hose setting) or a hand vacuum will get the job done. Make sure you vacuum thoroughly, so that pieces of broken glass are not left behind. 

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Step #3: Fix Your Broken Window

After cleaning up all of the glass, you can now make a game plan for replacing your broken window or windshield. Schedule an appointment as soon as you’re able to, and in the meantime, you can use tape and strong plastic wrapping to cover up your compromised window. 

The professionals at A1 Windshield are ready and able to help you take care of your broken window or windshield. Visit our location in Springfield, MO, give us a call, or visit our website to contact us and find out how we can serve you!