How To Clean Your Paintbrushes

by Houston Texas Painters - August 16, 2018

How To Clean Your Paintbrushes

It’s surprising just how much painting you need to do at home.

It seems you’ve hardly finished up giving the external paintwork a freshening before you notice the walls in the living room are rather tired. Get done with this, and you find the bathroom needs a quick once-over.

Perhaps for some jobs, finding a good local painting company makes sense, but it’s highly likely you’ll want to do at least some of the brushwork yourself.

If so, keeping your brushes clean is a necessary evil. Good brushes can go the distance but only if they’re properly cared for.

We’ll walk you through how to clean paint brushes and rollers the easy way today so there are no excuses!


First Thing’s First, Invest in a Good Paintbrush

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for with a paintbrush.

Nylon or polyester brushes work best with water-based paint. Oil-based paints call for natural brushes with animal hairs.

You’re much better off with fewer brushes of higher quality than assembling a collection of cheaper brushes that are unfit for any purpose.


Cleaning a Paint Brush Used for Water-Based Finishes


  • Get rid of all excess paint first. Even if this seems obvious, too many people overlook this crucial starting step, and it makes life much more difficult.
  • Wash off the brush in a bucket of soapy water. Use your hands and a small brush comb to get rid of as much paint as possible.
  • Rotate the brush around in the bucket to eliminate all excess paint and water.
  • Empty the bucket and refill it with clean water. Use your hand to massage all the bristles and then spin the brush once more.  Rinse off with clean water.
  • Use some heavy paper to wrap up your brush. Let it hang up to dry thoroughly.


Cleaning a Paint Brush Used for Oil-Based Finishes


If you are using flammable solvents for cleaning, always stay well away from naked flames and ideally work outdoors.

The procedure is similar to cleaning paint rollers in the sink for water-based finishes except for the fact you’ll use paint thinning solvents in place of water.

So here goes.

  • Start off by thoroughly rinsing your paintbrush in some paint thinner. It always pays to use chemical-resistant gloves. Work away all the excess paint with your protected hands.
  • Use a brush-spinner to spin the brush for 15 seconds once the main bulk of the paint has been removed.
  • Dip the brush into a container with lacquer thinner in it. Work the brush around to get rid of any rogue particles. Shake the brush over some newspaper.
  • Finish off by cleaning the brush in a bucket of soapy water. Work the bristles gently.

As you can see, cleaning your paint brushes is not rocket science. All it takes is a little bit of patience and effort and it will save you the expense of always renewing your brushes.


House Painters


Not everyone is a dab hand with a paintbrush so it might well be necessary to call on the help of some home painters. Whether you’re on the hunt for decorating indoors or some exterior home painting, once you’re clear on your objective, life becomes much easier.

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