How an Old Window Helped Organize A Mess
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Cheryl on Jun 13, 2021
I am concerned about the safety when working with lead paint items. Please please make mention of the safety steps when working with old windows with the old lead based paint on them. If the surface of peeling paint has NOT been stabilized by sealing it then Do NOT Handle or work inside bare handed or on surfaces where you may eat. The dust alone travels and just touching it you transfer to other things you are touching. Door knobs, water bottle or glass. food, etc. NEVER DRY SAND OR SCRAPE. Always keep surfaces tamped down.
If working on this, Always wear gloves and keep it tamped down with water until it has been sealed. Cleaning is a MUST. Wet cleaning. Lead dust is microscopic and very harmful to everyone and especially little children because they are growing. They absorb more lead than an adult due to growth. Keep yourself and your family safe.
If this product is hanging inside of your home it is a MUST to seal the old paint and edges. Use a polyurethane over it to seal if looking to keep this look . If any is falling off then keep adding poly until it is not chipping, flaking or peeling. Otherwise, You are contaminating your home, family and possible pets. ( Pets walk in this and then lick their paws and this can be deadly to them) same with small children that are crawling and hands in mouth alot. Just walking in this and going from room to room or outside to inside you are transferring lead dust from your shoes to the floor.
Do not work outside in your yard thinking it won't matter. Have a specific work area that has plastic on it that will be rolled up and thrown away. EACH DAY.
Also do not plant ANYTHING in and around the loose paint that you may later want to ingest ( eat). Lead has a sweet taste and your fruit or vegetables or spices will grow well and taste great but very dangerous to eat. . Do not plant on drip line of a house either for the same reason.
I have been a lead paint inspector for 24 years and do lots of research. You can do these projects but please do them safely and those sending ideas need to include safety steps with their instructions. I have seen lawsuits with long reaching arms, Don't be a victim in any way. Lead damage is for life and not fun. It can be done properly.