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How To Efficiently Store Paint Brushes and Rollers

To ensure the longevity of paint brushes and rollers, the quality, right usage, and maintenance techniques determine their durability. Using high-quality tools for your painting project makes it faster, easier, and you can obtain the desired professional finish. Let's discuss the efficient method of cleaning and storing them properly to maximize their benefits and potential.


Paint Brush

Storing during a short period. The brush can be stored by leaving the bottom one-third of the bristles in the paint. This will avoid the brush to dry out without overloading it once you return for work the next day.


Cleaning and storing your brush after completing a project. Do not wait for the paint to dry up before cleaning the brush, remove any excess paint while the brush is still wet. Keeping your brush dry up will damage it and definitely, you need to get a new one again. Wash the brush immediately after using however if you do not have time you can also keep the brush wet by wrapping the brush in a cling wrap, this will be enough to keep the brush wet for few days. Clean the brush thoroughly using water for latex-based paint and the suitable solvent for oil-based paints. For a brush used with latex-based paint, wash the bristles with water and get rid of the paints as much as you can. Give the brush a spin to take out excess water before using a wire brush to get all the paints out on all sides of the brush. Repeat the washing, spinning, and brushing of the bristles until all the paints are totally removed. To avoid damage, always store brushes vertically with the bristles pointing upward. Let it airdry thoroughly before storing it in a cool and dry place such as in a cupboard.


Paint Roller

Paint rollers should be preserved to keep them fresh after you're done with the painting for the day. Remove as much paint as you can and cover the roller brush with aluminum foil, fold the edges of aluminum foil to block air from coming inside. You can also keep it in the fridge overnight covered with foil. Let it soften for two hours before using on the next day.


Cleaning and storing your roller. Once your painting project is completed, it is the right time to clean it properly to prepare for the next usage. Remove any excess paint and detach the roller cover from the roller frame them immerse the cover into a solvent, let it sit for few minutes until the paints are removed. Using a mild detergent wash the roller cover and rinse it with water. Hang it and allow it to dry thoroughly. Wrap the roller heads in bag or cloth to keep them clean.


Following the above tips and tricks can prolong the life of your paint brushes and paint rollers. Taking care of your painting tools and supplies and keeping them in good condition after each use can save your time and money.

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