Quick Cleanup Tips for Painting Projects

Quick Cleanup Tips for Painting Projects

Laurie McGinley
Feb 16, 2012

Are you taking on a painting project soon? Here are five tips that will make clean up easier.

  1. Latex paint
    Cleaning up after using latex paint is much easier than cleaning up after using oil based paints because latex paint cleans up with only water. Choose your paint wisely in order to make clean up easier.
  2. Speed
    The sooner you clean your brush after you are done painting, the easier it will be to clean. Don't put this task off if you want to keep your brush in good shape. If you must wait for a while before you wash your brush, you can wrap it in plastic and put it in the refrigerator. That will buy you up to one day of extra time.
  3. Water pressure
    If possible, clean your brush and roller covers with a hose or faucet that has the highest water pressure possible. Higher water pressure will let you blast semi-dry bits of paint from the base of bristles in your brush. The water in our house comes out the fastest from the basement wash basin and the hose in the back yard. Check a few faucets to determine which one gives you the highest water pressure.
  4. Technique
    You don't have to throw away roller covers after one use. If you clean them properly, you can use them for several paint jobs. Follow these simple steps to get your roller cover completely clean.
  5. Clear
    Make sure the water runs absolutely clear when you are cleaning brushes and roller covers. A brush looks clean before it is actually clean. If you get all the paint out, you will be able to use the brush much longer because dried paint won't build up at the base of the bristles. Check the runoff by getting the paint bristles wet, holding the brush horizontally in front of your eyes and bending the bristles upward. The water that runs out of the base of the brush should be clear before you are done cleaning.

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