1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

February 4, 2008

:035 Furniture with Lead

Suggested Review – :033, :034

Today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet is about lead in our furnishings.

1:5:10:035 Tip:  Lead is being used in foreign countries to dye leather. Most of the leather being used in the US today is imported. Lead based paints and stains are also found in furniture finishes and is especially common on painted antiques. Furnishings with lead on the surface finish may be screened using the lead test kits discussed in :033. In some materials such as leather the lead is released by perspiration and may not be detected by this method. The swabs are a screening tool only and also does not answer the question about how much lead is present.

As with building paint (:034) a small chip of the material or slice of the leather can be submitted for laboratory analysis. The sample can usually be collected from a hidden location such as the underside of a sofa or chair.

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Additional Information

Analysis of the lead samples can be arranged by contacting one of our sponsors: Restoration Consultants http://www.restconenvironmental.com/

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