After finishing our painting work we have to clean everything like paint brushes, paint rollers, and many more paint related objects. Cleaning of brushes and rollers should be done right after you finish using them. If you don’t, then their condition will deteriorate with every use. Also, it is equally important to clean the utensils such as pallets in order to ensure a better future for them!
To clean a roller, start by rolling it several times on a sheet of newspaper or any paper. Cleaning brushes and rollers right after using them improves their condition which allows a smoother finish over time.
Use inexpensive brushes while applying chemical products like paint stripper or decolorizer for wood as painting brushes can’t be used after applying such chemicals. You can alternatively use brushes that are made exclusively for these tasks.
In case you are planning to use the brushes and rollers next day or without much time gap, then placing them in a container with clean water or with turpentine for synthetic enamels would enough! They must not support the bristles or fibers or else they’ll start to deform.
Tips for Cleaning Brushes and Rollers
While purchasing paints, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning. To remove enamels, turpentine or paraffin should be used while plastic paints are removed by washing them using water. Other types of paints have specific solvents such as thinners to remove them from brushes.
Immerse rushes and rollers in the suitable liquid which can dilute the paint and stir them well. Squeeze the brushes several times unless there are no traces of paint on the bristles. Rollers are used in the same way except for those which come with a removable lining.
Steps to Follow to Clean Plastic Paint
1. Removing paint
Clean the brush on a sheet of newspaper by gently flattening the bristles and scraping the paint with the edge of a flat knife.
Wash the bristles under a stream of warm water. Make sure that no traces of paint are left.
3. Final Step
Finally, add detergent to a container and wash the brush thoroughly.
Steps to Follow to Clean the Enamels
1. Cleaning Utensils
To clean utensils use a scrapper and turpentine to completely remove the enamel.
2. Cleaning Brushes
To clean brushes, wash it with detergent and clean water. Once cleaning is done, thoroughly rinse the brush while taking care not to deform it.
Steps to Follow to Clean Rollers and Pads
1. Removing Paint
Roll the roller on several sheets of newspaper to remove the paint. Make sure to replace the sheets so that the paint is not impregnated on the roller.
If possible, remove the sleeve from the roller drum and wash it with an appropriate solvent. Then, wash the roller or pad with detergent and warm water. To finish, rinse with fresh water and shake to dry.