How To Clean a Paint Brush

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Want to be the next Picasso or Van Gogh? Let us help you achieve your goal by helping you learn how to clean your paint brushes properly. Knowing how to clean your brushes will save you both time and money, as you won’t have to buy new brushes all the time.

Soak the paint brush

Blot off any excess paint on your paint brush with a paper towel. After you remove any remaining paint, soak the brush in warm, soapy water. This will help loosen up any of the paint that’s stuck in the bristles. Be sure to use a gentle soap, such as dishwashing liquid, to avoid damaging the brush.

Leave the brush to soak in the soapy water for about 5 minutes. Then rinse the brush with warm running water. Use your fingers to massage the bristles to remove any paint under the running water. Repeat this until the water runs clear under your brush.

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Scrub the brush handle with a toothbrush or old rag

Scrub the handle of your paint brush with a toothbrush or old rag to remove any dried on paint.

Rinse the brush and let it air dry

The final step is to rinse your brush off with warm water and let it air dry. Make sure to get all of the soap off of the brush and let it dry completely before using it again.

Store the brush in a dry place

Make sure to store your paint brush in a dry place after cleaning. This will help keep the bristles from getting damaged and help the brush to last longer.

When To Clean Your Brushes

If you want to become an expert at painting, knowing when to clean your brushes is critical. Here are some guidelines:

  • Only use the same brush for the same color unless you clean it between each use.
  • If a brush has been used with black paint make sure you clean it after every use to prevent it from becoming permanently stained.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional tips and tricks for cleaning your paint brushes:

How To Clean A Paint Brush
  • If you clean your brushes after every painting session, it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
  • You can soak your dirty brushes in soapy water overnight to speed up the process.
  • Remember to keep your brush’s bristles pointing down as they dry! This will help them last longer.
  • If you need to clean a paintbrush, but you’re out of paper and toothbrushes, try using an old rag.
  • If your brushes still have stains in them after cleaning them with paper or tissue, wet the bristles and rub them against a bar of soap. Then rinse off the soap and let the brush dry.
  • If you’re using a watercolor or acrylic paintbrush, then be sure to clean it within half an hour after use to prevent the bristles from curling up.
  • Keep your brushes in their original packaging when they’re not in use if possible. This will keep them clean and safe for next time.
  • For watercolor and other synthetic paint brushes, you should wash them with a bar of mild soap and warm water every week or so if possible.


Cleaning your paint brushes after every session will save a lot of time in the long run. Use our tips and tricks above to save you time and money, and keep your paint brushes well-maintained.