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Painting Hacks: Cleaning Up

Cleaning up properly can prevent a lot of potential problems while painting, and can also save you money on extra tools in the long run. Here are some tips to help you out. This first hack helps keep your brushes like new after you finish a project. Start off by rinsing your brushes with warm water for one minute per brush, or until the paint no longer comes off easily. Pour a few cups of vinegar into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes. Then soak your brushes in the hot vinegar for 30 minutes. The vinegar will eat away any paint you missed when rinsing. When storing paint, cover the bucket with plastic wrap before putting the lid on. This will keep the lid from sticking to the bucket. You can also dab the top of the lid with a little paint to help you remember which color is in which bucket. To keep your roller trays clean and reusable, cover them with a plastic bag or aluminum foil before pouring in the paint. Use plastic wrap when painting around awkward objects like toilets or ceiling fans. Press and seal wrap works especially well for porcelain or metal surfaces. Keeping your painting supplies in a used water bottle case will prevent accidental dripping. In case you do have some accidental spills, you can clean up smudges by either using an alcohol wipe or dipping a Q-tip into alcohol. Note that some wood surfaces may be damaged by using alcohol or other harsh cleaners. Test the wipe in a small, inconspicuous area first before using this method. Wrap a rubber band around your paint can lengthwise. Wipe your brush on the band instead of the can’s edge to avoid unwanted messes. These simple tips should help your house stay cleaner and your tools last longer.

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