To safely remove lead paint, wear the appropriate safety gear, and seal off the room with duct tape and plastic sheeting. Remove the paint using a wet method, such as wet sanding, and clean the room each day with water, detergent and a vacuum that features a HEPA filter.
- Prepare for the removal
Remove all items, including rugs, from the room, and seal the room by covering vents, doorways and windows with plastic sheeting that is at least 6 millimeters thick. Seal the seams of the plastic sheeting with duct tape. All workers should wear safety gear, including a respirator that is approved to filter lead paint, disposable coveralls, goggles, hair coverings and gloves, at all times while working in areas where lead paint is present.
- Remove the paint
Wear the appropriate safety gear, and remove the paint with a wet sander that has a HEPA filter. Alternatively, apply liquid paint thinner and remove the paint with a scraper. Do not remove the paint using a dry method, such as sanding. Dispose of all debris according to local regulations.
- Clean the area
Mist the entire room with water, and dust it each day. After dusting, wash all surfaces a second time, and mop the floors with water and detergent. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to vacuum the room thoroughly, and use the vacuum to clean workers' clothes before leaving the room. All protective clothing and debris from the room should be double-bagged and thrown away.