Painting your house can completely transform it; whether the exterior, a room inside, or even an accent wall. Updating your home with new colors can be a lot of work, but also give your house a fresh look.

You may be painting just to refresh old and peeling paint out of necessity, or you might be looking for a change and wanting to update an old look. Whatever the case, you can either choose to do it yourself or call professionals at Select Painting.

If you are ready to tackle your painting project on your own, you’ll have a lot to consider. Prepping, priming, painting, and of course clean up. If you have already been thinking about all of the necessary steps for painting your house, don’t overlook the task of cleaning your paint brushes when you are all done.

You may be wondering how to clean paintbrushes, or even just how vital it is to clean them. Fortunately, we have some great tips for cleaning your paintbrushes after your painting project.

Preserve Your Paintbrushes

 

Paintbrushes

Good paint brushes are an investment for your project. If you purchase quality paintbrushes, you’ll want to make sure they last and you take good care of them. Cleaning them thoroughly after each use is the difference between being able to use them again, and having to toss them after you finish.

You won’t want to waste any time when it comes to cleaning your paintbrushes. Time is of the essence, as any dried-on paint can become extremely tough to wash off, and can damage the paintbrushes. You’ll want to clean your paintbrushes as part of your painting clean up once you’re ready to wrap everything up. Don’t leave your paintbrushes to soak, either, instead, get them clean right away.

Which Paint Did You Use?

What you will use to clean your paintbrushes will depend on what type of paint you are using. If you are using oil-based paint, varnish, or lacquer, you will want to select the correct solvent to clean your paint brushes. Be sure to check the paint label to see what the product you are using recommends.

Oil-Based Paint

Brush

Most oil-based paints use mineral spirits or paint thinner to get the brushes clean. Pour some of the solvent into a container, and then dip your paint brush into the container several times.

Next, clear the excess solvent off of your paint brushes into an empty container. Repeat this process until the paintbrushes are clean, using a fresh container of solvent.

Use a paintbrush comb to comb the paintbrush bristles to ensure they are thoroughly clean. A paintbrush comb can help make sure there isn’t any residue left behind. Once your paintbrush is clean, lay flat to dry, or even hang to dry to help it retain its original shape.

Water-Based Paint

When cleaning your paintbrush after using water-based, or latex paint, you can simply use a mild soap or dish detergent to clean them. Add soap to warm water and dip your paintbrush in.

Next, work the soapy water through the bristles. After cleaning the paintbrush, rinse with warm water. Use a paintbrush comb to comb through the bristles, and then lay flat or hang to dry.

Paint Rollers

Roller

If you are using rollers in addition to your brushes, you can clean them just as you would your paintbrushes. Remove the roller covers from their handles and wash them in whichever solution you need depending on the type of paint you are using.

After you wash the roller covers, you can string them on a rope or dowels to hang them to dry. Make sure to store them in a clean area to keep them ready for their next use.

Taking Care of Your Paintbrushes Is Easy

Keeping your paint brushes clean will ensure you will be able to use them for each of your upcoming projects. If you take care of them by immediately cleaning them after use and using the correct solution to clean them with, they will last a long time. You won’t have to worry about replacing them after each project.

Following these simple steps in taking care of your paintbrushes will save you money and time. Clean paintbrushes will make starting your next project a breeze because you won’t have to buy new supplies or discover they are damaged.

Fortunately, cleaning your paintbrushes is easy and won’t add much time to your painting project clean-up. You’ll be grateful that you took the time to clean your paintbrushes the right way.

When All Else Fails, Call The Professionals

If painting your house, whether a room or the entire exterior, is proving to be too big of an undertaking, don’t hesitate to reach out to Select Painting for your indoor or outdoor painting needs. They can handle the hard work and the clean-up, so you don’t have to worry or stress.

In addition to taking care of everything your painting job requires, they’ll complete the project with professionalism and attention. You’ll love the fantastic results no matter how big or small of a job.

Contact Select Painting today for a free estimate, and you won’t have to worry about anything, not even how to clean paintbrushes.