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Old 11-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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How to clean lead hepa vacuum


Sort of an odd question here. We remodeled our home (prior to occupancy) that had some lead/asbestos in it. We purchased a true hepa filter industrial vacuum to do the final clean up etc. I want to know, should I keep the vacuum to use here & there as we do things that disturb paint?? I am not sure if it is contaminated to the point I don't want it in my home?? Should I clean it, if so how? I am just not sure how to handle cleaning things after lead contamination to make it safe for our family. If maybe using it would be worse than just damp cleaning any paint disturbed from this point forward.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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We regularly empty and clean our HEPA vacs. A true industrial HEPA vac is way too expensive to throw away. After proper cleaning, they are normally cleaner than almost all of the areas we take them into. Wear proper safety equipment (respirator, rubber throw away gloves, etc.). Take it outside. Empty the contents into a 6 mil poly waste bag. Collapse the bag first so you are not forcing the air out of the bag as you empty the vac. That will minimize the dust you produce. Secure a bag around the filter and remove it, placing it in the trash bag. Damp wipe the inside surfaces, then the outside surfaces. Run some water through the hose to flush it directly into your waste bag. Install a new filter and close the vac up. Give the outside a final wipe down. Put all of your cleaning rags in the bag along with the disposable gloves. Twist the top of the waste bag and secure it tightly with duct tape, then double the the tail of the bag over and tape it (create a gooseneck). Properly dispose of the waste bag with all of your rags and damp material inside.Your HEPA vac should now be perfectly safe to use on the next project. Avoid creating dust as much as possible.
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What about the attachments?
And should I use it as regular household clean up incase there is lead tracked in?

My husband didn't use proper protocol so I feel like it is everywhere like porch & yard, despite my cleaning efforts & repainting the walls/ceiling (mostly all new sheetrock) and painted the new plywood floors since it will be a yr or two before the wood flooring is installed. And there is no trim, door casings etc.
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You can carry this a bit too far, ya know. Hose down the porch. The next heavy rain will settle the dust in the yard. If you've vacuumed up everything in the house, why worry? Clean the attachments the same way as the hose. Rinse them, then wipe them.
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Thank you! I know that is the thing, since I know nothing about it then I don't know when enough is enough. We have small children. So thank you for your honesty, it helps this overprotective momma feel better.
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