How to Clean Up a Broken Lava Lamp

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber cleaning gloves

  • Rag

  • Carpet-cleaning solution

  • Vacuum cleaner

Broken lava lamps can make a mess.

Lava lamps create a cool lighting effect, but a broken one makes a mess you must clean up. While the majority of the liquid inside the lamp is water, the heated "lava" substance is wax-based. Know what precautions to take and techniques to use to clean up a broken lava lamp, and then complete the task in little time.


Step 1

Unplug the lava lamp, if it is not already. Put on a pair of rubber cleaning gloves to protect your hands from the glass. Remove the glass pieces and dispose of them.

Step 2

Wait for the "lava" to cool and solidify, then dispose of it.

Step 3

Blot water with a rag. If the broken lava lamp spilled on carpet, spray the area with a carpet-cleaning solution and allow to penetrate for two minutes.

Step 4

Rinse the rag in water and squeeze out. Rub the area with the damp rag.

Step 5

Allow the area to air dry. Run a vacuum over the carpet to fluff it.



Amy Lukavics

Amy Lukavics is an Arizona resident who has been a professional writer since 2009. She contributes to the blog Hello, Moon and her writing interests include cooking, crafts, pregnancy, health and beauty.