So here's an interesting tip for all of the DIY enthusiasts out there who want to keep their paintbrushes in tip-top condition.

1. In the middle of a painting project and want to keep your brushes fresh overnight? In this case, there’s no need to give them a thorough clean. Simply wrap the head of your paintbrushes and roller in cling film or secure in an airtight plastic bag. Seal around the handle with masking tape and store in a dry place for up to two days.

2. Once you’ve finished painting, it’s now time to give your brushes and rollers a proper clean. First, scrape off as much paint as you can.

3. If you’ve been using water-based paint, simply soak your brush or roller in warm water for about 2 hours. Dry with a clean cloth and store in a dry place for future use.

4. Using solvent-based paints? Pour a small amount of solvent-based cleaner (this can be found at your local hardware store) into a small jar or container and work the brush against the sides to get the cleaner into the base of the bristles. Soak for about 2 hours, dry with a clean cloth and store in a dry place for future use.

5. You shouldn’t pour solvents down the sink, so after you’ve finished cleaning your brushes, pop a lid on your jar or container and leave for 24 hours. Once the paint has sunk to the bottom, you can tip the remaining solvent cleaner into the bottle for future use. Leave the paint to fully dry in the jar before disposing in the bin.



21/02/2016 10:15am

Thanks for advice!

Removing paint from brush is a difficult job. But you makes that simple. Thank you.

22/05/2016 10:32pm

We all know that painting requires a lot of paintbrush because you need to be careful not to destroy your work. The paintbrush sometimes cannon be repeated because of the stains remaining or colors that are mixed to it will make the same for the next painting session. The tips are really helpful, especially for me a painter, I spend so much money buying and buying paint brush. I would love to do the tips given by the author. I can now save money while enjoying to paint my future artworks.

02/06/2016 9:00am

Alas for most of us those good old days have gone and it is up to us as the inhabitants of our houses to keep out homes free of dirt and allergens. Good old-fashioned elbow grease and hot water are no longer left to the cleaning lady.

11/08/2017 10:59pm

Thank you for this article, very useful and informational.

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