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Should I Wash and Clean My Paint Brushes

Did you know that you shouldn’t use soap and water to wash all paint out of your brushes and rollers? Being knowledgeable on how to properly wash your paint brushes is essential if you want to prolong their lifespan.

As a guide, we’ve prepared some tips on how you should clean the various types of paint from your brushes and rollers moving forward.

How to Clean Your Paint Brushes

Keeping paintbrushes soft is crucial if you want to use them effectively for your next project. That’s why you should make sure they are consistently damp. 

If you need to take a break, be sure that you wrap your brushes in a damp paper towel. Doing so will help maintain moisture and keep them wet. You should also clean your brushes right after using them. Cleaning them while they are moist is far easier than cleaning them once they get hard.

To achieve the best results, follow these tips on washing your paint brushes:

  • Use the correct solvent when you wash your paintbrush
  • Fill a clean container with solvent and wash your brush inside it
  • Agitate the paint from the brush by dipping it in the solvent
  • Continue washing the brush until all of the solvents are gone
  • Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the brush

Tips on How to Wash Paint Rollers

Now that you know how to clean paint brushes effectively, what about paint rollers? Are you supposed to clean them as well?

You can reuse paint rollers, but only if you have cleaned them properly beforehand. This is also important if you want to make sure they can be used effectively for future projects.

Consider the tips below on how to best wash paint rollers:

  • Roll your paint roller in your cleaning solution to loosen the paint
  • With gloved hands, scrub the paint out of the roller until the solvent is clear
  • Dislodge the paint using a putty knife
  • Dry your paint roller on a dowel or string
  • Use a dust-free cabinet to store your clean paint rollers

Can I Still Clean Hardened Paint Brushes?

But what happens if you forget to clean your brushes right away? It’s quite easy to set your brushes aside only to find them as hard as a rock a week later.

Before deciding to throw them away, you can try these techniques below to clean your hardened brushes:

  • Use the same cleaning solvent to clean your brushes
  • Apply vinegar and try to clean the paint away from the brushes
  • Use a fabric softener to soften the bristles


It’s possible to clean the paint off of your brushes and rollers, but it will take some time and effort to do so. The techniques shared above are designed to help you salvage your brushes so you can use them for future projects.

If you find that cleaning up after using your brush is such a hassle, then leave it to the experts. All Pro Painting can refresh your home with the coat of paint you desire. We also take care of cleanup, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Get in touch today to schedule an appointment.

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