How to store your paintbrushes and why the use of vacuum sealers is important? Let’s find out.
- Storing During a Project
The paintbrushes and rollers are a sort of investment. You will need them after some time so it is really essential to preserve and store the brushes and rollers. They can last for up to six months if proper care is taken. During painting projects, you may need to store and preserve the brushes as well as rollers.
For this, you can wrap the brush in your best vacuum sealer or heavy-duty aluminum foil. This trick will keep your brush fresh and safe for 24 hours. If you intend to take a longer break, you can put the brushes and rollers in a vacuum sealer. Remove all the air and place the bag inside the freezer. Your brushes are safe now.
- Cleaning After a Project
It is always advised people should clean their brushes and rollers soon after the work is done. Cleaning can be easy and simple if the brushes were treated with care. For this, remove all the excess paint from the brushes immediately. Moreover, don’t pour down the water used to clean brushes in the drain. It will be more dangerous.
Always take a bucket of water to clean the brushes and rollers. However, cleaning also depends on the quality or type of paint. For example, for water-based paints, warm water with a spoon of soap will suffice. Similarly, for oil-based paints, the experts recommend mineral spirits which do the best job.
Apart from this, nowadays you can find many brush and roller cleaning products. They are cheaper and very effective. These products have been produced considering the safety measures as well as to let painters preserve and store their tools in any easy way. You will not be worried about losing the brushes.
- Maintaining After Cleaning
Now comes the most important thing and that is to preserve the brushes and rollers after you have cleaned them. For this, the experts advise to first set the bristles of the brushes. If the bristles of your brush are not straight, dip them into warm water and take out after a few minutes. Now you should comb the bristles so that they are straight before you preserve them. You can then keep them in a vacuum sealer bag.
For the rollers, it is suggested they should be trimmed. The dried part of the rollers can be trimmed so that the bristles remain even and don’t affect the texture when you take them out for use.
Apart from what we have discussed above to store and preserve the brushes and rollers, below are a few additional tips that can save your life.
- Always comb the brushes so that any paint remnant is removed before you clean and preserve them in vacuum sealer bags.
- You can also rub the brush in between your hands to clean it. After spinning, you can now clean it in the sink.
- Always store the brushes and rollers in the original covers and vacuum sealers. If you have lost one, you should create one of a similar size.
- Buy brush and roller cleaning tools and products for better care.