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Your Guide to Paint Clean-Up

Now that the job is done, make clean-up easy with these cleaning tips.

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Hi, I'm Wendy. Now that the painting is done, it's time to clean up. It's important to clean and store your painting tools properly so that you have everything you need on hand for the next job. To remove excess paint from your brushes, use a wide-tooth comb. Glidden Brilliance Collection Paint rinses right off with just soap and water. If you used an oil-based paint, you can clean the brush in turpentine or paint thinner. To clean rollers, scrape the excess paint out with the curved side of a 5-in-1 tool. Pour the paint back into the paint can. Rinse the cover in warm water until the water runs clean. To help get brushes and rollers dry, this handy tool works really well. It's a spin dryer. All you do is attach the brush handle or roller into the stiff spring clips, then give it a spin inside a 5-gallon bucket to remove any excess moisture. After your tools are clean, they need to be stored properly. To store brushes, cut a rectangle of heavy craft paper or grocery bag twice the length of the bristles and four times the width of the brush. Crease the paper vertically down the center. Place the brush on the paper edge and fold at the crease. Roll the brush into the paper and secure with a rubber band. Either store the brush flat or hang it up by the handle. There may be times during painting when you need to step away for a while, or even stop before you're finished. Here are a few tips on how to store your brushes so they don't dry out. Wrap your brushes and rollers in plastic bags or aluminum foil. Be sure to squeeze out the air. Then, seal them with twist ties or rubber bands. If you need to leave the brushes overnight, place the sealed tools in the refrigerator. Your brushes and rollers are an investment, and taking a little extra time to clean and store them properly is worth it. For more painting tips, visit BHG.com.