June Checkatrade.com and A Passion for Homes ‘How to’ – care for paint brushes

Monthly ‘How to’ from Checkatrade.com and A Passion for Homes

Our very popular monthly ‘How to’ blog in conjunction with the online trades vetting company checkatrade.com and their panel of experts continues with – how to care for your paint brushes: By Wayne de Wet, independent multiple award winning painter and decorator and a mate of A Passion for Homes, www.checkatrade.com/waynedewet

Take it away Wayne…
‘Call me old fashioned but I work very hard to earn my living so looking after my brushes and tools is the number one priority.

I have always said buying quality tools and materials will save you time and money in the long run. Looking after brushes should be something that everyone does, be they trade or people undertaking DIY. If you adopt a routine, cleaning and maintaining brushes is a breeze. This method is very simple:

To start with get everything you need then plan out what needs to be done and how you are going to do it. You will need:
• Clean & Go
• Krud Kutter brush wash
• Home Strip brush renew
• Purdy stainless steel wire brush
• Purdy Brush Comb
• Newspaper
• Cloths
• Suitable protective gloves and goggles
• Overalls or old cloths
• Bucket of clean cold water
• Bucket of soapy warm water
• 2ft x 2ft piece of wood
• Small section of old ply 2ft x 2ft
• Brush Vest

Protecting yourself with old cloths or overalls, suitable goggles and gloves is a must. Find a good place to clean your brushes. I use my studio but a garage or shed is fine. Put something down to protect the area while you clean your brushes. Plywood with old newspaper on top is fine.

If the brush is hard and has synthetic filaments or natural bristle then place in a Clean and Go cleaning chamber but remove the metal grid with raised platform and liner. This then becomes the place for all hard brushes.

Pour Home Strip Brush Renew into the chamber until the bristles/filaments are completely covered. Snap the lid on and leave for 24 hours. Be sure to keep out of direct sunlight and heat.

After this time the brush will become softer and with a gentle downward pushing motion will start the softening process. By keeping the downwards prodding going it will allow the cleaner to do its stuff, but this is not instant! Please be patient.

After the filaments/bristles are really soft I comb through with a brush comb, then place the brush back in the cleaning product and leave again overnight. It will then be ready for good scrub with the Purdy stainless steel wire brush.

To do this hold the brush on a small piece of two by two wood with an old piece of ply covered in newspaper. Gently but firmly, in a forward only motion, scrub the softened paint out of the brush.

Finally rinse in the bucket of cold water and inspect by gently opening up the filaments/bristles to see if all paint has gone. If the brush is still not clean leave in the cleaner overnight again. If the brush is clean wash out and rinse in a mild detergent, rinse in clean cold water and store in a Brush Vest.

If you simply want to wash a synthetic paint brush after using in oil or water based paints use a Clean & Go chamber. Put the brush into the unit, pour Krud Kutter brush wash in until the filaments are covered then simply snap the lid on and leave it to do its thing.

Again a simple downwards prodding onto the metal elevated grill allows the paint to be released and the sediment to settle in the area below the grill.


The cleaning solution can be reused many times. Just remove the raised platform and grill and rinse in a bucket of clean cold water. Remove and dispose of the residue in a sensible manner. Wash as described above and store in a Brush Vest.

For natural bristle brush cleaning use the same system above but replace Krud Kutter brush wash with either water or white spirit to suit the paint used.’


To find genuine tradespeople in your local area, visit www.checktrade.com

Checkatrade helps combat the UK’s rogue trader problem by continuously vetting and monitoring local tradespeople such as builders, plumbers and electricians as well as service providers. Checkatrade now has nearly 15,000 genuine trade members, growing by an average of 500 new members every month, more than 150 employees and a turnover in excess of £7.5m. Over the past 12 months, Checkatrade-certified tradesmen carried out a combined total of £1.4b worth of work, with complaints at just one in 200, compared to the national average of one in four.


Thanks to Homebase for the cover photo (No Loss Evolution Paint Brushes – 5 Pack)


Also, don’t forget to visit the main A Passion for Homes website for interior design, home staging stories, home products, dream homes, estate agent and show home search facilities, celebrity interviews and beautiful buildings – thanks, Jo

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