Is it possible to get painting implements really clean after use?

To extend the life of your brushes and rollers, it is essential to clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry before storing.

How you clean brushes depends on the type of paint you have been using. All brushes and rollers that have been used with water-based paints should be rinsed in cold water and then washed in warm water with a little detergent. Brushes which have been used to apply solvent based paints should be cleaned with the appropriate solvents, and then washed in warm water with a little detergent added. Rinse brushes in clean water, shake off excess water and wrap in a piece of clean paper towel and secure with masking tape. The brush will then dry back to its original shape, ready for the next job. Brushes should be stored flat. Standing brushes on their ends will bend the bristles and spoil them. Rollers should be stored hanging up to avoid crushing the pile.