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lead paint removal

Hello,

some two years ago I had a bright idea to remove paint from an old door in my apartment. So I bought a hot air gun and started doing it. In the middle of the apartment.
then I somehow found out about lead in paint and freaked out. i had finished only a part of the door and then i stopped. Threw out all the paint chips washed apartment every day for a week, vacuumed walls and sofa with HEPA vacuum. Changed even wallpapers in two rooms.
now two years later I still find it scary that there might be lead residue in my apartment.
I have a baby now and it makes me worry even more.
What do you guys think about this situation. I tested the door and it contained lead.

Give me some input please as I can not calm down.

ed21
Re: lead paint removal

If you weren't creating dust and had drop cloths to catch the residue, I think you are probably okay.
Having a lead abatement company test the apartment would be a good idea.
Lead dust in carpets would be a concern.
For future child, encapsulating the lead paint would be recommended. A lead abatement company can tell you the options. Legally a landlord may be responsible. You have to check local regulations.

European
Re: lead paint removal
ed21 wrote:

If you weren't creating dust and had drop cloths to catch the residue, I think you are probably okay.
Having a lead abatement company test the apartment would be a good idea.
Lead dust in carpets would be a concern.
For future child, encapsulating the lead paint would be recommended. A lead abatement company can tell you the options. Legally a landlord may be responsible. You have to check local regulations.

Hi, In my country we dont have such testing available. i was creating some dust...
ah, there is no point. most probably my apartment is contaminated. i dont know what to do. I am the owner...

ed21
Re: lead paint removal

Lead testing kits are available.
Replace any wall to wall carpets. Clean any others.
Research how to encapsulate lead paint and where it should be done.
Kids live on the floor and put thinks on the floor in their mouths, so cleaning the floors of lead dust is important. Maybe you did enough already, but it wouldn't hurt to take it further to be sure.

European
Re: lead paint removal
ed21 wrote:

Lead testing kits are available.
Replace any wall to wall carpets. Clean any others.
Research how to encapsulate lead paint and where it should be done.
Kids live on the floor and put thinks on the floor in their mouths, so cleaning the floors of lead dust is important. Maybe you did enough already, but it wouldn't hurt to take it further to be sure.

We do not have any wall to wall carpets. The small ones I have put in the washing machine. we vacuum the whole apartment once a week. We washed all the courtains and bed stuff. the couch we can not wash. I have only vacuum cleaned the couch with my HEPA vacuum several times.

i dont know what else can I do. It has been two years ago but still I have severe anxiety regarding this since I know how little the kid needs to have to be poisoned.

can you suggest me some testing kits on e-bay? there a re no testing kits available in my country.

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