HOW TO CLEAN AND STORE PAINTBRUSHES
Investing in high-quality paintbrushes is an important part of setting your DIY projects up for success. Just as important is making your investment last by properly cleaning and storing them. Not doing so can cause low-quality paint application and introduce debris into your next project.
Step-by-Step: How to Clean a Paintbrush
Step #1: Scrape Off Excess Paint
If the paint is still wet on your brush, start by scraping any excess paint off the brush by pressing it against the inside lip of the paint can. Then brush whatever paint might be left onto a piece of scrap paper.
Helpful Tips• Clean your paintbrushes immediately after you are finished using them.
• If paint is dry on your brush, start by cleaning it with hot water and dish detergent.
Step #2: Clean The Paintbrush
To clean a paintbrush after using acrylic- or latex-based paint, like AURA®, Regal® or ben® Interior Paint, run hot water over the brush, and add in a few drops of dish detergent.
Helpful Tips• The hotter the water, the better, but make sure to wear rubber gloves for comfort and safety.
• Be careful not to use too much soap.
• To clean a brush after using oil-based paint, start by dipping the brush into a small container of paint thinner. Press the bristles repeatedly to the bottom of the container to facilitate the solvent removal process.
• Once clean, dry the brush with rags and lay flat. Be sure to soak the rags in water when you’re finished to avoid a potential fire hazard.
Step #3: Remove All Paint
Work the paint out of the brush with your hand. You can also use a brush comb, available at your local Benjamin Moore® retailer, or a scrub pad to remove stubborn paint spots. When all of the paint is removed, thoroughly rinse the brush with warm water.
Step #4: Shake, Reshape And Let Dry
Shake as much water out of the paintbrush as possible and reshape it with your hand or brush comb to make it look like new. Set the brush flat where nothing will touch the bristles while it dries.
Step #5: Protect The Paintbrush
For best results, return the clean, dry brush to its original packaging to maintain bristle shape. If you don’t have the original packaging, you can protect the shape of your brush by wrapping it in a paper towel or newspaper, or placing it between two pieces of cardboard and securing it with a rubber band or tape.