How to Clean Paint Brushes and Keep Them in Good Condition

washing a paint brush under a sink
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A good paint brush isn’t cheap, so learning how to clean paint brushes and maintain them for future DIY projects is a job that needs to be taken seriously. Look after your paint brush properly and it will last for years and produce a top quality finish every time. 

A poorly maintained brush won’t last as long — which means more expense. Its bristles will start to fall out and bits of old dry paint will work their way out of the brush for a bad finish when painting a wall

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.