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nelsonC 04-13-2011 03:26 PM

Lead paint chip cleanup question
So I did something stupid: I tore down the pine tongue and groove ceiling from the screened in porch before testing for lead paint. :wallbash:

After using crowbars to remove the ceiling planks, I've got a lot of paint chips on the ground (concrete slab). After testing a spot of undercoat from a removed plank (positive) with a home tester kit, I tested some chips on the ground and turned up a few lead chips.

I've sealed off the area from traffic and most of the debris is on the slab. I purchased a bagless upright vacuum that has a HEPA filter (and a pre-filter).

The porch ceiling was about 6'x20' and the floor of the porch is a concrete slab.

My plan:

- Vacuum inside the house before anything else, just to be safe (even though we don't wear shoes in the house) and wash the floors with TSP
- Get some disposable coveralls
- Put on my respirator and cover my hair
- Mist the area and sweep the large particles
- Vacuum the slab and walls
- Dispose vacuumed debris into a double-bag
- Should I wash the slab outside with TSP also?

If anyone has any suggestions or if I've left something out, please let me know.


Brushjockey 04-13-2011 05:34 PM

Don't use TSP. It is made to cut into and dull finishes. The RRp class I took had us using something like Swiffer cleaner. Those work pretty good and the pad shows you how clean you're getting it.
Other than that your plan sounds appropriate to me.
Dust is actually as much or more of a problem than chips, because it is finer and can get into things that may eventually be ingested.
Have you read the RRP booklet? If not- here's a link-

jsheridan 04-13-2011 11:06 PM

What do they say, If you can't say something positive, don't say anything?:shutup:

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