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Lead generally isn’t a problem unless inhaled or ingested. Be on the lookout for any chipped or peeling paint or other finishes (including bathtub glazing).
Lead dust doesn’t magically appear just because there’s lead paint.
As for the “I painted it with latex” comment - Encapsulation is a valid remediation. If lead products are completely covered and inaccessible, they pose little risk.
It’s a relatively low risk for a new born. Bigger deal for toddlers that may put their mouth on walls and trim.
Grab a couple of self tests off Amazon if you’re concerned. I’m sure you can have them shipped to Toronto. (Or head over the Michigan and get some at Home Depot). If you use these, be sure to scrape a small spot and test ALL LAYERS or paint, not just the surface.
Are you sure there’s no blood testing available? In the US it’s a standard test at age 2. Maybe ask your pediatrician if it’s something they can do upon request?
You could try a lead surface test, Amazon has this one for $17 and it’s got great reviews!
Scitus Lead Test Kit with 30 Testing Swabs Rapid Test Results in 30 Seconds Just Dip in White Vinegar to Use Lead Testing Kits for Home Use, Suitable for All Painted Surfaces https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NBH7KJJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_mdguFbTT0F860
I bought these:
And tested almost everything in my kitchen... All of my cute stuff has to go, which again, I haven’t used it much, but it makes me sad. I so love all of the colors!
All late but these lead tests are pretty cheap and I used them when I used to live in an old home. Should work on the zippers, but I'm not too sure if it works on fabrics though.
My spouse bought these and they were really helpful and reassuring. We ended up finding one place in the house that had lead paint: https://www.amazon.com/Testing-Results-Seconds-Suitable-Surfaces/dp/B07NBH7KJJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=3BRV40J7W3T39&keywords=lead+test+kit&qid=1670196210&sprefix=lead+test+%2Caps%2C85&sr=8-3
Is this what I should use -- test swabs for testing painted walls?
yes, I bought these on amazon.
Another folk test I have heard of is to leave plain water sitting in the pot overnight and to taste it in the morning to see if it has an off or unpleasant taste. If not, you're all good, or so the theory goes.
Other alleged tests of quality like the lid-stays-on-when-turned-upside-down party trick are mostly just gimmicks, and even junky mass-produced pots pass this test.
I still have those pots, but these days I have switched back to mainly using a porcelain gaiwan as I find it less messy, pours faster, and has more control on stirring the leaves. It is a matter of personal preference, though.
You buy a lead test kit, I used this one Scitus Lead Test Kit with 30... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NBH7KJJ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share old pans might have been used to melt lead fishing weights so if an piece looks off it doesn’t hurt to check
There are lead testing kits available.
Amazon UK has Lead Test Kits.
I think you can just use a lead testing kit https://www.amazon.com/Testing-Results-Seconds-Suitable-Surfaces/dp/B07NBH7KJJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=lead+test+kit&qid=1661102294&sr=8-3
Test it yourself
Scitus Lead Test Kit with 30... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NBH7KJJ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Got these on Amazon but there are lots of option out there.
It looks like for $17 one can get 30 lead testing swabs. So under 60 cents per test.
Here are some resources if anyone is planning to do something similar. They were hard to come by, so I made an Imgur showing more detail of the restoration here: https://imgur.com/gallery/TGQp3hI
The best video I found was this one: https://youtu.be/P9aRCR42Rj4. Not only was it informational and detailed, the creator responded several times in the comments to my questions.
This one is good, too. I didn’t find it until a couple of days ago so it wasn’t a key resource for me: https://youtu.be/UMqjmGHVj_g
Here are some more links from my YouTube history that I came across this week. I watched several of them just to get any bit of information I could. One might tell me about the burrs, another about the grind adjustment.
Here is an Evapo-Rust demonstration that I used to guide that part: https://youtu.be/MO4lFxl6oE4
Here is an article about butcher block oil (food grade mineral oil) that I used to guide inform my rust prevention: https://www.seriouseats.com/mineral-oil-is-good-for-cutting-boards-and-knives
This discussion board talked about metal tools in the oven: https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/threads/baking-tools-in-oven-what-temp.362299/ For the record, I put the wooden knob piece in the 200° oven, too.
Another consideration: you may consider getting a lead test to make sure none of the components contain lead. I didn’t do this because I removed all the paint, but here is a link to what I’m talking about: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07NBH7KJJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_2MERW03MDD9YM0J7AAS4
I cannot vouch for this brand.
Good luck and please send pictures of your progress.
Thanks for the reply.
How worried should I be about #1? I'm looking at getting an at home lead testing kit from amazon that I'll link below. If the tests show signs of lead, it seems like I'll want to get a lead level blood test done. I'll clean them up with a cloth as you mentioned and reach out to our maintenance people about adding paint or see if they have stuff available for me to use.
Edit - In the lease contract they said there's no know knowledge or reports of lead which makes me feel a little better but I'll still probably test and call tomorrow to see if there's any record of a lead inspection by professionals on our building.
If lead isn't a major concern, do you know if other paint chip dust could still cause issues? I did a few google searches but didn't find the right word combo for the search. Pretty much anything paint dust related seemed to be for lead.
Buy a pack of test strips so you know for sure
Here's the test swabs I use. Somebody recommended them to me too. Really really easy. Lead is extremely reactive so you can test first if you want, maybe that'll influence how much you want to clean.
I hope if we see this guy again it's got soup in it.
Why not do a simple test of the outside of the bottle?
Test kit on Amazon