Cleaning a home that has lead paint
If your home was built before 1978, you could have lead paint. Where it’s chipping or peeling, it can build up in house dust, stick to children’s hands, and be a dangerous source of lead for your family. Use a 3M LeadCheck kit to learn if you have lead paint. Use wet paper towels to regularly clean windowsills and other problem areas. And use duct tape to cover any chipping paint that you can’t get repaired right away.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Avoid all DIY remodeling projects that involve lead paint, including the nursery. See more lead-safe tips from EPA.
If you have lead paint, chances are there is lead in your house dust, too. It’s the number one source of lead poisoning for children. Dry dust cloths (non-microfiber) can make it worse – they kick dust up into the air, and also leave it behind on the surfaces you’re cleaning.