How to Clean Paint Brushes: 3 Best Methods


Just painted a wall or a door, and don’t know how to clean a paintbrush?

Renovating your homes give a new and refreshing look to them, pleasing to the eyes. Painting the walls and doors is one of the most common parts of it. And the primary tool used for this purpose is a paintbrush.

It is necessary to clean a brush immediately after painting, as some paint gets left behind. Once it gets stuck to the paintbrush, it will become difficult to clean it.

There are different ways to clean paintbrushes. But first, it depends on whether it has water-based paint or oil-based paint stuck in it.

It is because cleaning water-based paint is relatively easy compared to oil-based paint. But don’t worry, here you will know how to clean paint brushes for both the latex paint and the oil paint.

How to Clean Latex Paint Brushes

Cleaning water-based paint is generally more manageable because it requires less effort. There are two primary methods to remove this type of paint.

To clean latex paint from the brush, you need a brush comb, a roller spinner, a bristle brush, and an all-purpose cleaner.

Method 1: Rinse the Brush with Water

In this method, you require a brush comb and bristle brush. You can clean water-based paints in your sink but don’t try to do this with oil-based paints.

Wash the paintbrush with medium-hot water and gently use a bristle brush to remove paint from it. If you do it faster, then paint drops will be all over in the sink.

Keep doing it until you remove all paint from outside the brush.

Now you need to use a brush comb to remove paint from the inside. Because bristle brush can’t remove the color from the inside, so you have to use a brush comb for this purpose.

Keep doing it until you can’t see any paint outside or inside the brush.

After this, don’t put the brush back in a cardboard sleeve. Placing the wet brush in a cardboard sleeve will develop a mold inside the cardboard sleeve. So you should avoid doing so as it can ruin a good wall while painting.

Instead, go outside and swing your brush 2-3 times to get all water out of it. Then take a stick and put it inside the hole of the paintbrush and put it somewhere above ground level, so all the paint gets out of it. Then you can put it back into a cardboard sleeve on next day.

Method 2: Use a Cleaner

In this method, you need a super clean all-purpose cleaner, a brush roller spinner, and a brush comb first. Start with fitting the brush into the spinner and rolling it.

Roll the spinner and get latex paint out of the brush. Then use a brush comb to remove the color from the inside.

Spray cleaner on the brush and in the sink also. So that paint doesn’t get dry in the sink. Then roll the spinner again and repeat the above process.

At last, rinse it with medium-hot water and repeat the process until you get all the paint out of it. Remember, you should not put it back into a cardboard sleeve just after washing.

Instead, go outside and swing your brush a few times. Then take a stick and set the paintbrush on it. Put it somewhere on the ground so that all paint gets out of it. Then you can place it back into a cardboard sleeve once it gets dried completely.

How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes

Cleaning oil paint brushes requires more effort compared to cleaning latex paint. Because of its thick nature, it is tough to remove it, but it’s not an impossible task.

For this purpose, you need a paint thinner, a brush comb, a bristle brush, and two empty jars.

At first, lay a sheet on the ground to avoid paint stains on other surfaces. Then put some paint thinner in a jar. Slowly rotate the brush in it and use a bristle brush to clean paint from the outside.

Once the color of the paint thinner gets changed, pour it into the second jar and put more thinner in it. Repeat the process until all the paint gets removed from the outside.

Now put the brush onto the spinner and spin it into a big bucket or similar thing. Don’t try this into your sink because it will make it dirty.

At last, use a brush comb to clean paint from inside the brush. If there is no paint left after doing this, you can put it back into a cardboard sleeve once dried.