With the old wall-to-wall carpeting gone, the wood floors are finally revealed. Two of the bedroom floors plus the hall were painted. Since we don’t know when that was, it could be lead paint, which was in use before being banned in 1978. The only way to find out about these floors is to have them tested, so for this I’m turning to a state-certified environmental services company, who came out with an XRF meter to test the area. With a quick point of the meter gun, the technician can get an immediate reading on the paint in that spot, reading through 3/8″ of paint, which would include many, if not all layers.
Home contractors can’t treat large areas containing lead paint if they’re not certified as “EPA Lead Safe“. Flooring companies typically aren’t certified, as it’s not routinely in their line of work.
Thankfully, these floors came out in the clear, and the sanding and refinishing are good to go!