Have you ever wanted to know how to wash a paint roller? We’re in the same boat. So, we turned to our paint professionals for advice on how to keep your paint brushes and rollers in tip-top shape.
Maintain Your Tools Clean to Extend Their Life
Keeping your tools clean, like dad and mom always advised, and they’ll endure longer. This is also true of paint rollers and brushes. While if you get good ones, you’ll get more use out of them: paint rollers can last up to 5 cycles, and paint brushes can last up to ten years. Washing your brushes and rollers properly is the key to extending their lives, however there are a few things you should know before dumping them in a bucket of water.
Cleaning a Paint Roller
Rollers require a bit more effort to wash than brushes, and restoring them to paint-ready state necessitates the use of a specific tool known as a 5 in 1 tool.
Instead of washing rollers on a regular basis, cover them up overnight with plastic containers or paint roller coverings.
The restoration back to paint ready state also depends on the quality of the roller. Two Fussy Blokes microfibre rollers are one of the best options out there.
What Is the Best Way to Clean a Paintbrush?
It’s not difficult to clean a paintbrush; all you need is the correct solvent and a bit elbow grease.
Because acrylic and latex pigments are water-based, you can wash your brush in heated water with a light soap. You’ll need the following items to complete this task:
- Mild cleaner
- Warm water
- A pail
- A paint brush comb
- Mineral spirits (for persistent paint)
To begin, combine the detergents and liquid in a bucket. Then put the paintbrush into the solution and use your fingers to rub the detergent through into the bristles. Rinse the brushes with clean water and replicate as required until it is as clean as possible.
If you’re trying to clean up oil paints, lacquer, varnish, or shellac, use a material-specific cleaning solvent.
Dip the paintbrush in the solution that has been poured into a glass container. Dip the paintbrush into or out of the jar as you run the liquid through the hairs. Pour new cleanser into a clean jar and repeat the same process when it’s completely clean. You could use a brush clip to wipe the pigment from the middle of the paintbrush and eliminate residues all around ferrule’s border even if you’re trying to clean up water-based or oil-based pigment (the metal band around the bristles of the brush).
After cleaning your brushes, spin them to remove any excess solution or water, then brush the hairs back into its original form and let them dry.
What Happens If You Use Dried Paint Brushes?
Understanding how to remove a hardened paint brush can help you save money while also keeping brushes out of landfills.
Fill a glassware or metal jar with brush cleaner large enough just to accommodate your brush. Wrap the paintbrush with a plastic bag and place it in the jar (to contain the fumes). Immerse the brush up overnight, then add new paint solvent into a separate container and stir it about in it.
Then, based as to whether you selected water-based or oil-based paints, repeat the processes above.