Cleaning Your Paint Brushes and Rollers

Painting your property can improve its looks and also its financial value.  Covering walls, ceilings and other surface areas with your chosen colours can make an old property look new and fresh.

There are many possible types of painting jobs, some taking just a few hours to complete, and others taking days or even weeks.  Whatever the DIY painting project at hand, there are some initial choices that need to be made including what colour and kind of paint to use, and whether to use disposable or long lasting paint brushes and rollers.

Many paint brushes and rollers actually improve with use, providing they are kept in an optimal condition.  One of the first things you should do when you finish painting for the day is to remove leftover paint from your brushes or rollers.  You can do this by running them along old newspapers and then under running water if you have been using water based paints.  A good tip is to use warm, soapy water to start cleaning the brushes/rollers and then to rinse them using cold water.  Repeat this process as many times as needed.

For solvent based paints, it is best to first use white spirit.  Pour the white spirit into a jar or small bucket and soak the brushes/rollers.  After a few minutes, rinse the brushes/rollers with soapy water to remove both the white spirit and the paint.  Repeat this as many times as needed.

After they have been cleaned, store your brushes/rollers by wrapping them up in plastic and storing them in a dry place.

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