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How to clean and care for your paintbrush and roller

WordsMegan Lambert


The time has come, you’re finally redecorating. You’ve downed tools after a full day’s painting when it dawns on you: how am I ever going to clean these brushes? There are few things less appealing after a day of DIY than cleaning up the mess you’ve made. Fortunately, Lick’s water-based paints aren’t just easier on the environment, they’re easier to clean full stop. Meaning you won’t be stuck standing over the kitchen sink.

That’s because all of our decorating supplies are either compostable, biodegradable, reusable, or recyclable. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo, our paintbrushes and rollers are designed to have a long lifespan and be easily recyclable or biodegradable once you’re finished with them. As easy to reuse and recycle as they are to use, that’s the idea.

So, if you’re wondering how to clean your paintbrush or how to get your paint roller spotless, read on:

How to clean and care for your paint brush and roller

Step 1. Remove larger amounts of paint from the brush or roller by scraping it against the inside of the tin. 

Step 2. Grab your marigolds and prepare some warm, (ideally eco) soapy water in a clean container – rather than in your sink directly).

Step 3. Dip the paintbrush or roller into the water, working the soap through the brush’s bristles or roller. 

Step 4. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. 

Step 5. Pat your brush and roller dry with a kitchen towel or clean, old cloth. Store until your next use.

Top time-saving tip: there’s no need to clean your brushes and rollers if you're using them the following day. Just wrap the bristles or roller head in clingfilm and seal with masking tape to prevent them from drying out. 

So, now you know how to clean your paint roller and brushes – no excuses. You don’t even have to wash out our paint trays! Just wait for them to dry until their next use.

How to store supplies and leftover paint

Once you’ve finished with your supplies, store them somewhere they won’t get too mucky. If you have any leftover paint use the plastic bung provided to secure the tin. If the metal screw cap has become clogged with paint, the plastic bung alone is enough to preserve it. Or if you fancy getting creative, take a look at some of our ideas for what to do with leftover paint

One for wallpapering rather than painting? Why not take a look at Lick’s guide to decorating sustainably with wallpaper. We’ve got all the supplies and know-how you need to hang it like a pro. 

So, whether you’re painting or papering, happy decorating!