How To Clean Up Lead Dust


Keep your child safe and know How To Clean Up Lead Dust 

Lead dust is created from from the door or window parts that rub against each other. See the rub marks on the old door and frame above for an example. For example where the door rubs the frame. In older homes and child care facilities these areas probably have layers of lead-based paint. As the doors and windows rub against their frames, dust is created. This dust contains microscopic lead. 

You Can Safely And Easily with Daily Clean Up Lead Paint Dust For Children With A Lysol-type Wipe or Swiffer-Type Mop Under All Old Doors And Window Sills.

If you like you may use a damp with water paper towel. For safety, be sure to dry the area completely after cleaning.

Lead-based paint is probably in all homes built before 1978 and that have not been substantially remodeled (all doors, door frames, windows, window frames).  San Francisco has many old buildings. It’s critical that if you think you may have lead dust and your children, especially under 7, that you use the Swiffer mop/Lysol wipe method to clean daily where the dust from the friction points on doors and windows with wooden frames, especially the sills.

Also, lead-based paint can be found outside on porches and decks. And in soil next to lead chips from lead-based paint.

Painting over lead-based paint with paint made today, will not completely fix the problem. You should consult/hire an RRP certified painting contractor to stabilize the area. Be sure to use that word: “stabilize”.

There are other types of paints, usually referred to as encapsulants, that will eventually flake or rub off at friction points, and then you have the same problem; though maybe a bit less. EPA wants 0% lead-based paint dust in homes with children. Realistically, let’s all work together to do what is possible and clean up the resta

Lead in Children EPA info.

Read more about Lead Testing here.

Find a Lead Abatement Contractor here.

Find out more about the SFDBI’s Notice of Violation.

See how to protect your family from exposures to lead from the EPA

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