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Old 03-19-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Get Rid of Mildew on Lead Paint - Interior

Hello and thank you for this wonderful resource. I am hoping to pick your brain on an issue in my 1800's Cape.

I have mildew on the ceilings, and on some walls and trim. Being an old house, I know there is lead paint. What would be the best way to kill the mildew and make the walls presentable without stirring up lead dust. The paint is failing and I don't think there is a way to do the job without lead getting loose.
Currently my idea is to vacuum up the affected areas, treat with bleach or another mildewcide, let dry, and then prep for paint. I (my family and I) plan on vacating the house during the work.

-What steps can I take to contain dust and debris?
-What products would you recommend to kill the mildew?
-What products would you recommend for paint?
-How long will mildew and lead dust linger? When is it safe to move back in?

Thank you for your input on this poisonous situation.


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This is really a question for a lead abatement expert. I am not one of them, but, I'll answer a few questions for you. Vacuuming might be the worst thing you can do as it will release lead dust up into the air........well, unless you have a HEPA filter approved for lead containment. No matter what you do, wear a respirator rated to trap lead don't want lead getting into your lungs. Wear a hazmat suit because, again, you don't want lead dust on your skin, in your hair, etc. As for killing mildew, bleach really doesn't kill the spores so use a mildew killer like Krud's less toxic anyways.

I would highly recommend getting your house tested by an expert. There may be lead in the plaster, obviously in the paint, in some of the flooring, in some of the insulation.........I think you need to pinpoint the problem areas so you don't stir up any lead unnecessarily. You may actually have to remove some of that hazardous stuff completely from your home to comply with EPA standards and that could be an expensive job better left to experts.


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