Q: What’s the best way to remove glass fibre splinters from clothes?
A: After an incident a few years ago in which I inadvertently spread glass fibre dust all over the house and on the clothing of some of my not-too-pleased family members, I developed what I think is the perfect protocol: once I’ve finished working with glass fibre, I go outside and shake out my work shirt. Then I walk a few steps away from any floating glass fibre and put my shirt back on.
I take a small bench brush and thoroughly clean my hat, work shirt, and pants. I close my eyes and even brush off my face, dust mask and neck. Then I rinse off my safety glasses and wipe them dry. Next, I wrap a piece of duct tape, sticky side out, around my hand and pat down my chest, sleeves and pants legs. You can also use heavy-duty masking tape or a lint roller with disposable adhesive sheets. The tape goes directly into a bin or some secure container.
Finally, I knock the glass fibre splinters (dust) out of the bench brush by banging it against the foundation or some other hard surface, and all my work clothing goes into a plastic bag to keep it separate from other laundry until wash day.
For really big insulation jobs – or something particularly nasty, like in a crawl space – I put on disposable coveralls and a spray sock, the close-fitting hood and neck covering that painters wear when they use paint guns. After I’m done, I fold the spray sock into the overalls and put them both carefully into the trash. All this may sound excessive, but it works. I haven’t had a glass fibre itch in years. Neither has my family.
Illustration: Chris Philpot