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Removing fiberglass slivers

In the course of various home maintenance and construction tasks, I sometimes have a brush with fiberglass when I'm not wearing gloves. Such encounters always leave microscopic slivers in my hands. These slivers are too small to see and to grab with tweezers, but definitely not too small to cause pain and irritation at the lightest touch.

For many years I have used a remedy that works nearly every time. I spread some white wood glue on the area where the slivers are hidden, allow it to dry, then peel it off in a smooth slow motion. The type of glue is important; it must form a tough yet flexible skin that holds  together when it is peeled off. Most of the time the slivers are lifted off with it. On those occasions when they aren't all removed, a second peeling in the opposite direction will usually do the trick.



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