Here are some DO’S and DON’TS to help you reduce or prevent your family’s exposure to lead dust.

 

Cleaning Hard Floors

-Do use:

  • Damp mopping, with standard sponge or string type mops and an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Standard vacuum cleaners with a HEPA filter if no visible dust or debris from chipping or flaking paint is present.

-Don’t use:

  • Mops with a scrubber strip attached.
  • Powered buffing or polishing machines, or vacuums with beater bars that may wear away the painted surface.

 

Cleaning Carpets and Rugs

-Do use:

  • Wet scrubbing or steam cleaning methods to remove stains.
  • Standard vacuum cleaners with HEPA filter if no visible dust or debris from chipping or flaking paint is present.

-Don’t use:

  • Dry sweeping of surface dust and debris.
  • Shaking or beating of carpets and rugs.

 

Cleaning or Dusting Walls and other Painted Surfaces

-Do use:

  • Soft, dampened, disposable cloths with an all-purpose cleaner.

-Don’t use:

  • Steel wool, scouring pads, and abrasive cleaners.
  • Solvent cleaners that may dissolve paint.
  • Excessive rubbing of spots to remove them.
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