Everyone love’s a bit of DIY every now and again – whether you want to transform your home, or simply freshen things up a bit, a fresh lick of paint can make all the difference. Of course, it’s essential to use tools that are clean and in good condition – which is why we need to properly clean paint brushes after every use. If you’re a little unsure about the methods for cleaning paint brushes, follow these simple tips, including advice on removing both oil-based and water-based paints.
Cleaning Paint Brushes
You don’t need to buy new brushes every time you paint – a little care and attention when you clean them will keep them in tip top condition, meaning you’ll be able to use them again and again. Before you begin, consider buying two sets of brushes – one for oil paints and one for water or latex paints. This will make cleaning your paint brushes easier in the long run as you’ll be using the same products.
What you’ll need:
- Kitchen paper
- Cleaning solvent
- An old, clean jam jar or container
- A fabric conditioner, such as Comfort
How to Clean Latex or Water-Based Paint Brushes
- First, remove as much excess paint as possible using paper towels.
- Basic dish soap and warm water is the best way to clean water-based paint brushes. Fill up a container and add a generous squirt of soapy water.
- Dip the brush into the soapy water, and use your fingers to work the soap into the bristles.
- Repeat until all of the paint has been removed, then rinse under running water.
- Blot with paper towels, and then shake the brush to remove any excess water (try rubbing the brush between your hands so that it spins).
- Dry the brush flat to prevent the bristles from curling.
- You can also use a fabric conditioner, such as Comfort, to remove excess latex or water-based paint, and leave your brushes in great condition. Following steps 3 to 6, instead of dish soap, mix together a solution of fabric softener and warm water (half a cup to one gallon).