How to Get Glitter off the Floor

Tis’ the season when glitter, tinsel and Christmas trees invade the homes of thousands. But what do you do when the glitter and glam falls faster than snow and makes its way onto your carpet and clothes? You clean it up with these handy tips.

We’ll show you how to clean any type of “falalala” most effectively when it has become “falalal-unk”.

How to Get Glitter off the Floor

Carpet

Glitter

Vacuuming is always a great way to remove small particles from carpet. We always recommend using a vacuum cleaner first, however, you will probably have to go over the same area several times. Glitter tends to stick to whatever it hits, including your carpets. If you’re going to vacuum, use an attachment without a brush, because you’ll have a better chance of not getting extra glitter stuck.  We’ve tried several tricks and find that using tape is the most effective. Wrap tape, preferably something thicker like duct tape or masking tape, around your fingers with the sticky side facing out. You’ll need to get down on your hands and knees and dab the glittery area until it’s clean, but this will help you remove as much glitter as possible. Alternatively, you can use a lint roller to pick up glitter residue. Depending on how much has fallen off, it may be more cost effective to use tape. The combination of these two options should remove all glitter residue.

Pine needles

Pine needles can be difficult to remove from carpet because they can carry sap that can cause stains. For a quick cleanup, you can use a lint roller to pick up dropped needles. If pine needles get caught in your carpet, spray the carpet with a little water and use a washcloth or brush to get the needles in a pile. Keep a vacuum cleaner nearby so you can suck up piles of pine needles with the hose part. When vacuuming pine needles, try not to use an attachment that can get them into the pile of the carpet.  You can also use a fine hair comb to “dig” indented needles out of the carpet fibers.

Tile and hardwood

Glitter

Unlike carpet, removing glitter from tile and hardwood floors is a little different. Start by using a broom to remove as much glitter as possible, especially if you’ve dropped a bunch of it on the floor.  Be sure to rinse out the broom afterwards!  A broom should do the trick, but you can also use a vacuum cleaner if that’s easier for you. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe over any areas that had glitter on them. We don’t recommend using a mop, as it is harder to rinse off and swirls glitter residue around. Most of the glitter should stick to the cloth and not the floor. Rinse the cloth and wipe again to remove all glitter residue. For hard-to-clean glitter residue, you can also use the tape method used on carpets to get rid of stubborn bits of glitter.

Pine needles

Removing pine needles from tile and hardwood is as easy as pumpkin pie. Start by sweeping up pine needles and placing them in a dustpan. For any soap residue that appears on your floors, take a microfiber cloth and dampen it with water. Wipe the area with the cloth and buff dry to make sure no residue is left behind. Don’t have a broom? A vacuum cleaner works just as well.

Clothes

Glitter

There are a few tricks to removing glitter from clothing. It depends on whether you want to keep wearing it or not. You can flatten the clothing and use pieces of tape to remove the glitter. Do not use anything too sticky, such as duct tape, as it may damage the clothing depending on the material. An alternative and faster method would be to use a lint roller. Roll it over glittery areas until everything is removed. This works well to remove larger amounts of glitter. You can always wash and dry the clothes as usual. However, be sure to remove any loosened glitter from the washer and dryer with a damp sponge so it doesn’t get on other items.

Pine needles

For clothing, use a lint roller to remove stuck-on pine needles. You can also pick them off by hand (assuming you have the time and there aren’t too many!). Wash the garment according to the instructions on the care label. If there are stains from the pine sap, use an enzyme booster or stain remover to remove the sticky residue. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always test the agent on a small area of fabric before using it.

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