My kids broke one a while back. DH didn't know they have mercury in them and just vacuumed it up. I chewed him out for it because I know you're supposed to clean them up a special way...but I have no clue what it is! Now they just broke another and I need to know how to clean it up right!
Asked by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Mar. 8, 2011 in Home & Garden
"The Maine study, which shattered 65 bulbs to test air quality and clean-up methods made these recommendations: If a bulb breaks, get children and pets out of the room. Ventilate the room. Never use a vacuum -- even on a rug -- to clean up a compact fluorescent light. Instead, while wearing rubber gloves, use stiff paper such as index cards and tape to pick up pieces, then wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel. If there are young children or pregnant woman in the house, consider cutting out the piece of carpet where the bulb broke. Use a glass jar with a screw top to contain the shards and clean-up debris.
Answer by Bmat at 9:09 PM on Mar. 8, 2011