Preparing for a Lead Dust Wipe Inspection

Areas to look at: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR  ( MDE update of HB1163, 10-01-01)

Check ALL painted and varnished or poly coated areas to make sure ALL paint is intact. (Not peeling, chipping or cracking.)  Examples listed below, (list is only a guide, keep in mind everything may not be listed). If it has a painted, stained, varnished or polyurethaned surface it needs to be intact.

  Window frames, Window Sills, Window wells (the area where window drops down onto flat surface)

  Base boards,Walls, Ceilings, Floors  Doors and Door frames, Thresholds, porches, clothesline poles, fences,

  Spouting’s, Downspouts, Soffit, Fascia, Porches, Steps, Any outbuildings & structures accessible to tenant. Includes

 Barns and Sheds and Garages.  Vacuum carpets, shampoo if needed. (Using Hepa vacuum is recommended) Hepa bags can be put in most vacuums if not hepa filtered.

Vinyl floors should be clean.  All floors are to be clean, including baseboards.(if water dropped onto hard surface floor soaks in, the floor needs coated with wax or poly.) 

 Kitchens and Bathrooms should have a smooth cleanable floor. NOT CARPET.

All rooms considered part of the living space would be inspected, including laundry areas that are separate from another room.(Basements& Attics if accessible to tenant) Ask about any in question!!


Correcting areas of concern.

 Clean area with Spic N' Span or Simple Green or very LIGHT solution of TSP (do not use TSP on vinyl).  Before any painting, if using TSP always RINSE afterward with water. TSP is not my most recommended product.

If scraping paint, mist with water before scraping or sanding. Keep dust wet. It is strongly recommended that you become certified as a Lead Paint Supervisor or Worker if you are disturbing the paint.

Clean with paper towels and suggested cleaners.( wiping one way, not back and forth)

Paint or in some cases cover wells with aluminum coil stock and caulk around.

Whenever touching up small areas of concern simply wipe clean before painting over them.

Make sure when scraping or sanding to cover the floor or ground area with plastic to be disposed of.  After painting allow paint to dry before lowering window or shield with cardboard while lowering window. Dump dust from cardboard into trash. Using wax paper between painted surfaces will keep paint from sticking and can be used as a shield while lowering windows. Wax paper also good when painting a door that needs to be closed.( keeps it from sticking)

Seal broken or worn areas in varnish or shellac with polyurethane. (Fast Drying spray good for tracks of windows) Spritz of silicone spray to help window glide after dry. Solid paraffin wax rubbed on tracks helps with gliding. Works on paint too.

Vinyl blinds must say “No lead additives “on them or there is a STRONG possibility of them containing lead.

Day of Inspection 

Exterior of building and common areas will be visually inspected to assure that no chipping peeling paint is present. Visual is also done on the unit being inspected. One hour prior to Inspection or right before inspection in cases where storm windows are not present clean with Spic N'Span solution or Simple Green and paper towels. (One way across) on Sills and wells.  Also make sure floor areas are clean.  Inspections are done on sills & wells or floor and wells at the discretion of the Inspector. If replacement windows are present only sill or floor areas are tested. If no windows present, a floor area would be tested. All areas are to be clean. 

Please feel free to call with any questions concerning any of these steps.

Cheryl A. Shank

Lead Paint Inspector LLC

 P.O. Box 4952

  Hagerstown, Md 21742-4952

301-790-3244        fax 301-790-1084


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