How To / How To Properly Clean Paint Tools

May 23, 2018

Top 3 products you need for a clean slate

The mark of professional painters? You can’t tell they’ve been there—not by looking at their worksite or the toolbox.

But painting is messy; it’s the nature of the beast. What are you bringing to your worksite to ensure your paint brushes and tools are ready for the next day? Are you cleaning the worksite itself before you pack it in? Here are our top 3 picks for towels that do double duty for both worksite and paint tool clean-up:

  • Old School Premium Knit T-shirt Wiper: If you’re saving and using your old t-shirts for part of your cleaning routine: stop, please. They won’t even come close to absorbing what these knits will. Start fresh and cut these to size for whatever you need so there’s no waste. Plus older fabrics (like worn t-shirts) can leave behind textile and color residue in your paint and on your tools. That’s the last thing you want for your paint job. Use these Old-School t-shirt wipers to paint, stain and wipe up drips from various surfaces. Tip: Before cleaning brushes, make sure they’re saturated with water.
  • SuperTuff® Absorbent Terry Cloth TowelsThis extra-thick towel is pre-washed for softness, and it is washable and reusable. Styled with a 14 x 17-inch seamed edge, SuperTuff® towels are perfect for dusting, waxing, polishing and absorbing water from larger spills or cleaning. Tip: Use these to gently squeeze or “press” the water out of your brush tips, right up to the ferrule.
  • Microfiber Wonder® Rags: Microfiber is a newer textile known for its soft feel and high absorbency. This wipe is great for both tools and surfaces – perfect for precision cleaning around trim or baseboards for walls and ceilings (because these tiny fibers can go where traditional cotton fibers can’t). Also, washable and reusable, this rag will do double duty multiple times. Tip: Store your clean paint brushes in their original packaging. If you don’t have that, wrap them in a sheet of glossy magazine paper.

Come prepared to leave clean after painting. You’ll make a great impression and get plenty of return invitations.

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