Clean brushes and paint rollers

How to clean your painting tools? How to wash a roller after application? How to wash your brushes properly? Once the painting is finished, the cleaning of the painting tools begins. Roller, brush or spray gun, not all of them can be cleaned in the same way. Careful maintenance of your painting equipment will help you keep it in good condition and for a long time. Depending on the nature of your tools and the type of paint used, you will need to proceed differently and with different cleaning products. Discover the cleaning guide to learn everything you need to know about washing your paint accessories and storing your paint rollers and brushes.

How to clean a paint brush?

Painting with a brush makes it possible to clear corners and apply the paint to surfaces that are difficult to access or require precision. There are many brushes available depending on the surface to be painted and the type of paint chosen: rectangular, rechamped, long-haired, etc. It is therefore important to wash your brushes after each use in order to keep them for future work. If you do not maintain your brushes, the bristles of the brush will harden and it will no longer be usable.

Cleaning according to the type of brush

The first thing to determine is the nature of your brush. During the first use, the cleaning method is not the same depending on whether the bristles of your brush are made of synthetic or natural material. Thereafter, the way it is maintained will be the same.

It is advisable to keep your protective gloves on when cleaning your painting utensils, to place yourself in a ventilated room and to keep children and animals away. You will need to purchase some specific products. Make sure you buy them at the same time as your paint and equipment in order to have all the necessary items.

Prepare your brush before first use

For a first use of a paint brush, here is the method to follow:

  • In the case of natural hair brushes, you must soak it in linseed oil at ¾ hair for a full night. The next day, you will gently rub it with soapy water to remove any traces of paint. Then you will wring it out without twisting the bristles by maintaining pressure from the ferrule towards the tip of the brush.
  • For a brush made of synthetic bristles, the way of doing this is essentially the same. Simply soak it in water instead of linseed oil at the same time, then clean it with clean water and wring it out as in the case of a natural hair brush.

If you have bought your brushes second-hand or from a private individual or if you have borrowed them from a friend, do not hesitate to ask if this step has already been done or not.

Clean your brushes well after painting

When your brush has already been used, cleaning the brushes no longer depends on the nature of the hair, but on the nature of the paint you have used. Glycerol or acrylic paint, the methods differ.

To wash the brushes after application, here is the technique:

  • If you need to clean a brush that has been used to apply acrylic paint, the cleaning will mainly be done with water. The paint used is itself water-based, so washing with water will remove the paint from the brush bristles.
  • If you have painted with oil paint, which is partly composed of solvent, you will need to use a solvent such as white spirit to clean your brushes.

In all cases, it all starts with wringing the brush out of a cardboard or paper. You must remove as much paint as possible to facilitate its maintenance.

Then, you clean it with soapy water if it is acrylic paint or solvent if it is glycerol until all traces of paint have been removed.

For water-based painting, all you have to do is wring it out as described above without twisting the bristles. For glycerol, you must first pass it under warm soapy water before squeezing it out. In both cases, the brush must be rinsed with clean water. After removing excess water from your brush, use a clean cloth to finish drying it.