Learn how to clean gloss paint brushes properly and keep them in top condition for longer

Side by side images with left image washing paintbrush and right image paintbrush in a jam jar with blue brush cleaner
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When you have finished painting it is essential that you know how to clean gloss paint brushes. A poorly maintained paintbrush is no good to any painter or DIYer. If you don’t clean a paint brush properly it will retain small bits of paint that will make an appearance on your neat gloss paint the next time you use the brush.

If you are painting a wall, window, door, skirting board or any other type of trim you don’t want to be constantly picking out tiny bits of old paint. This will take time and effort and if you don’t bother you will be left with a less than imperfect finish.

Here we give the lowdown on how to clean your paint brushes of both water and oil based gloss paint.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.