how to remove lead paint safely

How to Safely Remove Lead Paint in Your Home

Lead paint can be poisonous if not handled carefully. Exposure to lead dust can cause serious health complications. Young children and pregnant mothers are at high risk for lead poisoning. If you own or rent a lead painted property you should, therefore, have safety skills that will ensure you’re able to maintain the property safely.

Removing lead paint can be more challenging due to the high risk you get exposed to. There is a greater chance of getting poisoned if you’re not careful.

So how can you successfully do it? Well, there will be able to get you through the steps that will help you in removing the lead paint safely.

How to safely remove lead paint

Material and tools needed

  • 6 mm plastic sheeting
  • Clear plastic or duct tape
  • Plastic bucket
  • Warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Hand scraper
  • Sanding sponge
  • Sponge
  • HEPA Vacuum
  • Lead-rated respirator mask
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Garbage bags

Step 1

Remove all the important items from the room where you planning to work from. Unless the room is vacant ensure that there is nothing that will get contaminated with the lead dust.

Step 2

Spread a 6 mm plastic sheet on the floor by using duct tape. Ensure that the floor is sealed completely. This helps in ensuring that no chips or dust contaminate the carpet or the floor.

Step 3

Use the duct tape to cover all the heating vents and registers. This helps in ensuring that no lead dust enters your ventilation system. You can as well close the windows before you start.

Step 4

Protect yourself before you start removing the paint. Make sure you wear a lead-rated respiratory mask fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air. You can as well wear gloves and clothes that you will be able to dispose of after the exercise.

Step 5

Spray the areas to remove the lead paint with warm water. This makes the working area to be wet, which helps in reducing the lead dust which can easily be inhaled. This can be achieved by setting up small working areas.

Step 6

Use a hand scraper to remove the loose bits of the lead paint. The paint that still holds firmly on the wall can be dealt with by applying a new paint on top to completely cover it.

Step 7

Spray the area you working on with warm water once more. This will help in making the area scraped to be smoother. You can as well apply wet sanding, this helps in limiting the introduction of toxic dust.

Step 8

Clean the area with a sponge. This is to help in removing dust and debris safely. Make sure you use relatively clean warm water while doing this.

Step 9

Clean the working area when you are done removing the lead paint. Ensure that there is no loose dust or debris in the area. You can achieve this by using a certified HEPA vacuum.

Step 10

Remove the plastic sheet covering the floor carefully. Fold the edges carefully towards the center, this is to ensure that the remaining dust is trapped. You can then roll the sheet before placing it in a garbage bag.


Following the above steps be assured of safely removing the lead paint without being exposed to any risk. Never hesitate to seek for guidance when you not sure of what to do. Try Burns Enviro’s lead abatement services if you’re looking for a professional team to do this dangerous task for you.

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