How to Clean Paint Rollers and Keep Decorating Tools Pristine

clean paint roller in a clean paint tray
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Replacing individual decorating tools can add up, so finding out how to clean paint rollers properly will help to keep them looking fresh and give a high-quality finish next time you pick up the roller. 

As soon as the paint dries on a roller it is really difficult to restore it to its former glory. So make sure you check out our easy to follow expert tips on how to keep your roller clean and ready for reuse after 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.