Cleaning up lead paint
November 23, 2010 2:26 PM Subscribe
My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do?
posted by Chicken Boolean to home & garden (18 answers total)
The old window frames were removed basically by smashing them, with most of the wood-and-paint pieces landing outside. The guys who did it (their company also tested for lead paint) said they would vacuum the inside when they were done to clean it up. But when I came home, I saw what looked like some flakes of white paint, not to mention the same dust and bits of paper, etc. that were there before they started.
1. I have no idea how this works, so is it reasonable to assume that these guys didn't vacuum, or didn't do it well enough?
2. How should I clean this up? I could just vaccuum it myself right now, but I've heard that for some toxic materials (e.g. broken mercury lightbulb) you should avoid vacuuming because that just spreads it around and makes it worse.
I hope this isn't a really serious problem, because I have to live here while (and before) it gets cleaned up.