How to Clean Tools

You've prepped and painted, and now it's time to clean up and see the final results of your home's new look.

For Best Results:

For water-based paint, remove painter's tape before the paint has dried completely.

If your paint has completely dried and the tape begins to lift the paint, gently score the top edge with a utility knife to release the film before pulling further.

Let your project dry completely before reassembling items removed during preparation.

  1. Bucket filled with soapy water

    Step 1

    Fill a bucket with warm soapy water.

  2. Person cleaning a paint brush in soapy water

    Step 2

    Dip the brush into the water and massage it with your fingers.  

    Once all of the paint has been removed, hit it on the side of the bucket to remove excess water.

  3. Person pulling off a used roller with a paper towel

    Step 3

    To dispose of the roller, simply pull it off of the handle. 

  4. Person washing a paint brush in warm soapy water

    Step 4

    If you used more tools, wash them off with warm soapy water and wipe them clean. Tray liners can be thrown out. If you used tools that require electricity, keep them away from the water.

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