Preserving Paint Brushes and Rollers


Preserving Paint Brushes and Rollers

Preserving Paint Brushes and Rollers Although most paint brushes and rollers aren’t expensive, they can become one of those small expenses that add up quickly when you have a lot of painting projects to complete. In order to get the most out of your brushes, try these tips. They’ll save you money in the long run!

  • Store your brushes hanging up with the bristles pointing down. This prevents them from getting kinked or damaged in a drawer, box, or whatever you use when storing them flat. They also dry fully, since they are open to the air.
  • Rinse and scrub. Before you start scrubbing your brushes clean, rinse out as much paint as possible. Then, scrub your brushes with an old (or new) golf club cleaning brush. This type of brush has bristles that are just the right size and consistency for cleaning paint brushes.
  • Treat rollers properly. These are designed to be somewhat disposable, but you can get a few additional uses out of them if they are well cared for. Don’t let any paint dry on your roller. As soon as you are done painting, use a putty knife to scrape any excess paint off of the roller. Then rinse it, squeezing the excess water out with an old towel. Finally, let it air dry. If any hardened bits of paint stick to the ends after the roller is dry, cut them off with a utility knife.
  • Use the vinegar trick. If you’ve forgotten to wash your paint brushes and discover that they’re dried in what seem like rocks, don’t throw them out. Instead, soak them in vinegar for an hour to loosen the bristles. Then, fill a small pan with vinegar and place the brush(es) in it. Place it on the stove on high until the vinegar boils. Let it boil for five minutes. After the brush cools, the paint will flake off of the bristles!