Paint brushes and rollers are not a use and throw material. They can both be used in future, if you give some extra care at the end of each painting project. Re-using such painting tools will save your money. Old paint brushes don’t perform well, if left uncleaned. So, clean your painting tools after completing the painting project. The process of cleaning your paint brush will be different depending on the type of brush and the type of paint you are using. Make sure that you always keep your paint brushes and paint materials in top shape so that they last for a longer period of time. If you don’t have any idea about cleaning paint brushes and rollers, follow these tips from the professional house painters in Sydney for how to clean paint brushes and keep them in good condition for future painting jobs.
Remove the excess paint
When you are done with your paint brush, squeeze the synthetic bristles to remove the moisture. Then use an old piece of cloth or some newspaper to wipe out the remaining paint from the brush. You can also use painters comb to remove the paint from the bristles. To remove any remaining paint from the ferrule, use a metal brush. No matter which type of paint you are using, whether it is a latex paint or a water based paint. This will be your first step to cleaning your painting tools.
If you used a water based paint
Use warm water and detergent to remove a water based paint from the paint brush. Soaps and detergents have more cleaning properties and can clean all the non-oil based paints easily. Take a small bucket or a paint tray containing the mixture of warm water and detergent. Sink the bristles directly into the bucket and continue cleaning. Don’t forget to use a rubber gloves for the safety of your hands. Change the soapy water several times and repeat the process until the paint is fully removed from the brush. You can also use a running tap or a hose to rinse the brush.
After cleaning the brush, remove as much moisture as you can from the bristles by tapping the ferrule of the brush on your shoe. Leave the clean paint brush to dry in the Sun for some time and store it safely to reuse it in your house painting.
If you used an oil based paint
Cleaning away the acrylic paint from the bristles of your paint brush is relatively hard as compared to cleaning away the water based paint. In case of latex paint, water and dish soap will not work for you. You will need some mineral spirits or paint thinners to remove such oil based paints from your brush. First of all, take a small bucket or a container and fill it with a white spirit or other paint solvents. Swirl the brush inside the bucket containing the chemical. Always use rubber gloves for the safety of your hands, as white spirit may come in contact with the sensitive skin of your hands. Change the solution if necessary and continue cleaning until all the paint is removed from the brush.
Collect the dirty mineral spirit or thinner in a separate container and set it aside for some days to settle it down. Extract the clean thinner or spirit from the top of the container and save it for another paint brush cleaning. Allow the remaining part in the bottom to dry out for some days and contact waste removal service in your area for the safe disposal. If you wish to dispose it on your own, don’t forget to check the local rules and regulations regarding safe disposal.
Once the bristles of the brush are free from the remaining paint, remove as much moisture as you can from the bristles. Simply spin the brush with your hand or you can tap it on your shoe. Dry out the brush completely and store it. Next time, when you start your residential painting, you don’t need to buy a new set of paint brush.