How to remove fiberglass sealing splinters from fingers

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How to remove fiberglass sealing splinters from fingers
Always wear heavy work gloves when handling fibreglass materials. (work gloves image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Fibreglass splinters, though extremely fine, can be very painful, especially if they are deep beneath the skin. Unfortunately, unlike wood or metal splinters, fibreglass splinters are made from clear glass and difficult to see. The technique for removing fibreglass sealing splinters from fingers or other exposed skin is the same as for other types of splinters. However, the delicate nature of the glass fibre requires caution.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Soap
  • Tape
  • Wax hair remover
  • Antibiotic ointment

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash the area of the splinter carefully with soap and warm water. Be careful not to scrub the area or you will break off the end of the splinter.

  2. 2

    Cut a small piece of tape. The type of tape does not matter. Use office tape, packing tape or duct tape, whichever is most convenient.

  3. 3

    Place the tape over the area of the splinter and press down lightly.

  4. 4

    Carefully pull the tape off your finger. If you can see the direction of the splinter, pull in the opposite direction. If the splinter is not removed on the first pull, reapply the tape and pull in the opposite direction. Should the fibreglass splinter still remain in your finger, proceed to step 5. Otherwise, skip to step 8.

  5. 5

    Place a small amount of wax hair remover over the area of the splinter and allow to cool. The wax will encase the splinter and exert greater force when pulling out a deeply embedded splinter.

  6. 6

    Carefully peel the wax from the skin in the direction of the splinter if possible. If the splinter is not removed on the first pull, reapply the wax and peel in the opposite direction. Should the fibreglass splinter still remain in your finger, proceed to step 7. Otherwise, skip to step 8.

  7. 7

    Soak your fingers in warm soapy water to draw out the splinter. Repeat steps 2 through 6 until the splinter is removed.

  8. 8

    Apply antibiotic ointment to the area of the removed splinter and monitor for signs of infections such as redness and swelling.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use tweezers to remove a fibreglass splinter. The force of the tweezers will snap the splinter without pulling it from the skin.

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