Whether you're painting your house, a piece of furniture or a masterpiece you plan to hang on your wall, chances are you're using a paintbrush. And all paintbrushes have one thing in common. --they get dirty and need to be cleaned.
If you clean your paintbrush after every use it will last you for project after project. If you don't, you'll have to keep throwing them in the trash and driving back to the hardware store to restock your supply. Luckily, cleaning your paintbrush is easy and you don't have to buy an expensive cleaner from the store.
This article will teach you how to clean your paintbrushes quickly and easily so you can use them time after time to create beautiful projects.
Don't work any harder than necessary. It will be far easier to clean your paintbrush if you remove the excess paint first by simply running your paintbrush against the rim of the interior of the can. If your paintbrush is still saturated, blot it against cardboard or newspaper to remove as much as possible.
Using these simple ingredients, create your own paint cleaner!
This recipe can be altered according to your needs. Follow the formula to make more (or less) water-based paintbrush cleaner as needed.
(tip: Many sites online suggest making a DIY paint cleaner using dish soap or laundry soap. Steer clear of this method. Detergents can actually coat your bristles and gum them up over time.)
(Verify which type of solvent the manufacturer recommends.)
(Simply substitute the recommended solvent for the fabric softener.)
Life happens. Once in a while circumstances occur where you're unable to attend to the task of cleaning your paintbrush right away. If this is the case the paint will harden onto the bristles but in some cases, it may still be possible to salvage the paintbrush. Believe it or not, the most effective way to remove dried, hardened paint from a paintbrush is by enlisting the aid of your stove top.
(There's no exact amount to suggest here, it depends on the shape of the pot and the size of your paintbrush. Just be sure to use enough vinegar to submerge your paintbrush into the liquid.)
Cleaning your paintbrushes is easy once you know how and reusing them will save you time, money, and energy down the road. So, go on, paint that room! Create that masterpiece! Your trusty paintbrushes will be there by your side. Ready to help you out like a faithful, old friend, time and time again.