Lead-based paint, which was commonly used until the 1960s, can commonly be found in older buildings and beneath existing paintwork.

But with lead paint posing a high risk to our health, what is the safest way of dealing with lead-based paint?

Ultimately, it goes without saying lead-based paint is hazardous. Being exposed to lead paint can cause numerous implications for your health and lead to serious health problems. Exposure from low to high levels can lead to anything from learning difficulties, anaemia, impaired nervous system functions, and even lead poisoning. So, you might be thinking the safest way of dealing with lead paint is to remove it! But interestingly removing lead paint isn’t always the best option.

In some incidences, it is much safer to leave the lead paint alone rather than removing it. If the paint is not damaged and is out of reach of children it would create more of a risk to remove the lead paint. This is because when you irritate the surface of lead paint you are running the risk of creating hazardous dust, even if you cover with new paint. But if the surface is in good condition, it can be covered with panelling, vinyl wallpaper or non-lead paint to help reduce the level of exposure to lead paint. Though this isn’t always the case, so at times the paint needs to be removed.

The removal of lead paint can be done by yourself, although it is worth considering appointing a trained professional if you are working on large areas or on a commercial scale.

Here at specialist blast cleaning, the nation’s premier blast cleaning service, we are able to use our specialist systems to remove lead paint safely. Using modern equipment and techniques, we have the capabilities to use the appropriate equipment that’s best for the job. We are constantly upgrading our machines to make sure we have sufficient appliances for the task in hand, especially where the removal of dangerous materials such as lead paint is concerned. But if you decide to remove damaged lead paint yourself it needs to be done safely and with care.

There are many precautions which can be followed to ensure the safety of yourself and others when renovating a building where lead paint is present. Firstly, before you begin stripping make sure everything is removed from the room which can be, especially soft furnishings. Items which can’t be removed should be covered with plastic sheets and sealed. Also, make sure you are working within a well-ventilated room with limited people.

When removing lead paint it is extremely important you wear an overall, gloves, and something which covers your hair, alongside a dust mask. It is really important when removing the lead paint that dust or fumes are not created. This can be prevented by using a chemical stripper which will bind the particles together.

After removing the paint it is vital you wash your clothes separately and dispose of the stripped paint, overalls and masks etc. in a sealed bag as soon as possible.

If you have reason to believe your building has lead paint in it or you have a concern regarding removing the lead paint safely please get in touch as soon as possible. Our teams work all across the UK so wherever you are we will be able to get one of our teams to your location to remove the paint safely.