Mastering the Art of Glitter Cleanup: Expert Tips From Cleaning Pros

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If glitter has invaded your space after crafting or scrapbooking, fear not! Dealing with these pesky sparkles can be challenging due to their lightweight and clingy nature. However, there’s no need to panic. Cleaning pros share fail-safe tips on tackling glitter on various surfaces, from hard surfaces to clothing, rugs, carpets, and even hair and skin.

Mastering Glitter Cleanup on Hard Surfaces

When faced with the glitter aftermath on hard surfaces, such as floors and tables, experts recommend steering clear of the typical go-to tools like brooms and vacuums. Maira Urzua, housekeeping director at Nanny’s and Granny’s, warns against using a broom, as sweeping tends to spread the glitter further. Rochelle Wilkinson, lead dirt detective at Dirt Detective Cleaning, advises against vacuuming large glitter spills, as it may irritate the filter and trap glitter inside the machine.

For effective glitter cleanup, Wilkinson suggests employing disposable pads designed to trap debris and tackle most of the glitter. Once the majority is cleared up, you can either use a vacuum for the remaining pieces or follow Urzua’s recommendation: opt for a sticky lint roller to capture smaller particles and finish with a damp cloth for the rest.

Cleanup Magic for Upholstery and Clothing

When it comes to rescuing your upholstery and clothing from the clutches of glitter, cleaning experts suggest you don’t need any fancy tools. A lint roller and tape are your secret weapons, ensuring a gentle touch that won’t harm your fabrics.

Wilkinson recommends starting with a handheld lint roller for a couple of big sweeps. If some glitter remains, wrap packing or duct tape around your first two fingers and dab at the glitter. For clothing, Urzua adds to turn the garment inside out and wash it on a gentle cycle.

Gentle Removal From Hair

Banishing glitter from your hair is no longer daunting. Celebrity beauty expert Millie Morales shares her trusted method to free your strands from these pesky particles.

Apply hair oil in your hands, gently rub it through your hair, and use a mouse tail comb for easy glitter removal. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner, which hydrate your hair for smoother glitter management. For post-glitter care, Morales recommends leave-in conditioner cream to keep your hair smooth, manageable, and protected from potential damage during the glitter removal process.

Gleaming Glitter-Free Skin

Whether on your hands or face from glittery makeup, oil is your trusted ally for removing glitter from your skin. Take some cotton rounds and soak them in face-cleansing oil, baby oil, or olive oil. Gently dab the oil-soaked cotton rounds on glittered areas, and watch the glitter effortlessly come off.

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No matter where the glitter is, it is possible to get rid of it; it just takes some time and effort. Lucky for you, these expert tips will help you make the process so much easier.