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HOW TO CLEAN PAINT BRUSHES
We've all been there: you go to begin a new painting project, only to find paint-chunked brushes from the last project's hasty cleanup. Regular cleaning and care for your paintbrushes will make a major difference in their functionality and lifespan. Whether you're using standard brushes or more high-quality materials, improper cleaning and storage will likely ruin your investment.
Taking a few moments to clean your brushes will prevent dried flecks of paint in the bristles and any accumulation in the ferrule (the metal piece connecting the bristles to the brush handle), which could lead to undesirable results on your next painting project.
When painting, it's a good practice to keep the paint from reaching the ferrule. Paint tends to seep between the ferrule and the bristle hairs, which can dry and contribute to splitting and fraying of the hairs. This can also make cleaning more difficult.
Avoid using cleaning solvents such as paint thinner or mineral solvents to clean your brushes. Paint thinner is a mixture of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) formulated to have low flammability and combustibility. The corrosive acids can damage bristles and eat away at the glue holding the bristles and ferrule together. Paint thinner also requires protective gear for use, because inhalation or ingestion of hydrocarbon in the solvent can be severely dangerous, and even fatal in extreme cases. Breathing airways and lungs are especially vulnerable to paint thinner poisoning.
It's also important to never rinse oil or latex paints onto the ground or into a storm drain, as the untreated water can find its way into waterways after a rain. This can harm plants and animals, and pollute your local water supply.
A safer cleaning option for both people and the environment, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner's biodegradable* formula won't leave behind residue that can be absorbed into hands - so gloves and other protective gear aren't necessary.
Simple Green also carries the U.S. EPA Safer Choice label, ensuring that it is effective, while also safer for people and the planet.
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