Drop Cloth and Painting Clean Up Tips
By: Danny Lipford
No matter how careful you are when painting, you still need to put down a good drop cloth before getting started, and clean your brushes and rollers thoroughly once you’re through. Here’s how to go about it.
Types of drop cloths:
- Canvas Drop Cloth: While expensive, canvas drop cloths work the best, since they absorb any spilled paint to prevent tracking all over the house.
- Plastic Drop Cloth: This inexpensive drop cloth comes in various thicknesses. Thinner plastic drop cloths are easy to tear. Plastic also tends to slip and slide on a smooth floor, which can result in falls.
- Vinyl Tablecloth: An old vinyl tablecloth makes a good drop cloth, since the felt backing absorbs spill, and it’s less expensive than a canvas drop cloth.
How to clean paintbrushes and rollers:
- Remove any excess paint from rollers before cleaning them with the curved edge of a 5-in-1 painter’s tool.
- Clean brushes and rollers in the appropriate solvent (mineral spirits for oil-based paint, soap and water for latex paint).
- Run a wire brush or special brush comb through the bristles to loosen and remove any dried paint.
- Lay bushes out on a flat surface and allow them to dry before storing.
- Store brushes in the cardboard cover they came in, or wrap them in paper.
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