Lead Dust Busters
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO DECREASE YOUR CHILD'S EXPOSURE
TO LEAD DUST Click
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Spray bottle with water.
Heavy duty plastic bags-use single 6 mil bags or double 4 mil bags.
Cleaning solution containing Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) or general
Disposable lint-free towels, rags, sponges and mops.
HEPA Vacuum cleaner (Special vacuum cleaner with a
High Efficiency Particle Air Filter) or a regular vacuum
with HEPA filter.
HEPA Vacuum all surfaces in the work area including woodwork, walls, windows,
window wells, and floors.
Fill your bucket with hot water.
Add 2-3 tablespoons TSP or general all-purpose
cleaner (Water will feel soapy or slimy with just the
Fill another bucket with hot water so you can "rinse"
your sponges often. Change this rinse water often!
(Every time you start to clean a new room or a different
Put on gloves. This will protect hands from the cleaning solution.
Use the spray bottle to "wet down" all dust and
debris with a fine mist of water. This will help control
the dust. Start from the ceiling and work down to the
Wash-all surfaces in the work area with the TSP or
general all-purpose cleaner solutions, including the
ceiling and areas that had been covered with plastic.
Discard all items used for lead dust reduction
(towels, sponges, rags, mop heads) in plastic bags after
they have dried.
Wrap all debris in the plastic sheets used during
Place these sheets in the plastic bags and tie them
HEPA Vacuum all surfaces a second time until no dust
or residue can be seen.
PLACES TO CLEAN EXTRA WELL
Use your sponge or rags to wipe off the window sill and trim.
Use your sponge or rags to wipe out the window wells.
Use your mop to clean all wood and tile floors. To be
sure that lead dust levels remain low, residents should
clean these surfaces with a mild solution of TSP or
general all-purpose cleaner and hot water once a week.
Rinse out your mop and sponges often!
Change your "rinse" water for each new surface you clean!
Keep out of reach of children!
Always wear gloves when you clean!
Do not use these materials for dishes or other household cleaning!