If you have tried painting a canvas, a room, or even a small piece of furniture, you know how annoying cleaning paint brushes can be. The best results come when the brush is still wet, but even then, it can be a challenge. Cleaning dried paint brushes can seem virtually impossible. Fortunately, Tub O’ Towels is ready to help. Our heavy duty wipes are designed to fight even tough messes, including dried-on paint.
How to Clean Dried Paint Brushes (The Hard Way)
Traditional methods for cleaning dried paint brushes hinge on choosing the right solvent. Water is best for latex and acrylic paint, as well as watercolors. Mineral spirits are best for oil-based paints, and denatured alcohol is the right solvent for shellac. If you want to try cleaning your paint brushes the traditional way, here are the steps:
If the paint has dried hard:
- Soak the brush in vinegar for an hour before you begin.
- Try to bend the bristles back. If you can’t, toss the brush in an old pot and cover it with vinegar.
- Bring the pot to a boil, then turn down to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and use tongs to pull out the brush.
- As soon as the brush is cool enough to handle, use your fingers to pull out the large globs of paint.
- Move on to the solvent method of cleaning.
When the bristles are soft enough to manipulate:
- Use a rag to wipe away as much paint as you possibly can.
- Pour the appropriate solvent into an old container.
- Holding the brush by the handle, vigorously swish it through the solvent, pressing the bristles into the sides and bottom of the container.
- When the brush is saturated with solvent, wipe the bristles base to tip with a rag, working the bristles apart to provide a better grip on each bristle.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed until all paint is gone.
- Rinse thoroughly under running water.
- Use an old comb to comb through the bristles, restoring their shape.
- Carefully shake out as much water as possible, taking care not to disturb the shape of the bristles.
- Store upright, bristles facing up, to allow the brush to thoroughly air dry.
How to Clean Dried Paint Brushes (The Easy Way)
The above method will eventually work, but it requires quite a few steps and a lot of elbow grease. Tub O’ Towels offers a faster and easier solution. Our wipes feature Bond Buster™ technology, allowing you to clean your paint brushes with little scrubbing. Here’s how to clean both oil-based and latex paint brushes, the easy way.
- Grab a canister of heavy duty Tub O’ Towels wipes.
- Wipe the bristles from base to tips, allowing our cleaning solution to do the work.
- Use additional wipes as needed until all of the paint is gone and the brush is soft and clean.
- If desired, use another wipe to clean any paint drips off the handle.
About Tub O’ Towels
What sets Tub O’ Towels apart? Here are the secrets that make ours the best cleaning wipes on the market:
- Exclusive Bond Buster™ Technology: Tub O’ Towels wipes contain a groundbreaking additive that actually dissolves the bond between the paint and the brush at a molecular level. That means hard scrubbing is no longer needed.
- No Harsh Chemicals: Thanks to this additive, we don’t need noxious, environmentally dangerous chemicals. Our gentle, biodegradable mix of detergents, emulsifiers, and foaming agents lift away even dried paint.
- More Durable Wipes: Our oversized, heavy duty wipes are engineered to fight even the toughest messes. Evenly saturated in cleaning solution, our wipes are made of a quilted, textured poly blend that does not fall apart.
- VaporLockTM Technology: Our canisters seal tight with VaporLockTM technology, which prevents our cleaning solution from evaporating during storage. From the first wipe to the last, Tub O’ Towels wipes are there when you need them.
Want a Better Cleaning Wipe?
Ready to say goodbye to hard scrubbing and eco-damaging chemicals for good? We invite you to try Tub O’ Towels today. You can find our wipes on our website and in top retailers. Let us earn your respect as the best cleaning wipes!