You have successfully painted a room inside your home and you have given each other the high-fives that you really do deserve. A job most especially well done. But guess what? The job ain’t over. Not yet. Not until you have cleaned up and stored your painting equipment. And if you that cleaning and storing the tools used for painting the interior of a house is not a job all by itself, then maybe you do deserve the misery that is most assuredly coming your way. But you are better than that, right? So go ahead and scan the rest of this page and learn exactly how to deal with some of the most common problems associated with cleaning up after painting a room.
Have you ever tried to clean out a paint tray? You don’t necessarily have to worry about it if you invest in enough to cover all your paint jobs, but why spend even a little more money than you have to? In whatever post-Bush economy that exists at the time you are reading this? Save money where you can and save time where you can by lining a paint roller tray with aluminum foil. When you are done, just lift out the foil and replace as needed. No muss. No fuss.
Water-Soluble Paint Remover
When it comes to cleaning paint brushes that have hardened as a result of use, go with a water-soluble remover of paint. Here’s the cool thing: you can just put the brush into a pan filled with this type of paint remover and leave it alone for a few days. When you come back, even the stiffest of paint-encrusted bristles should be soft again.
Marking the Level
When your paint job does not require the use of a full can of paint, you can just tap the lid back into place and save it for later job. Here’s the problem, however. How do you know if you’ve got enough paint left over to do the job? Avoid this future problem by taking the fifteen seconds it requires to draw a line on the outside the paint can marking the amount of paint you have inside. This will save you the labor of having to open multiple cans of stored paint to determine if you already have enough or need to purchase more. And it’s such an easy solution to unnecessary expenditure of labor.
When using cans of spray paint, one of the most common problems when it comes time for storing for future use is the tendency of the nozzle to become clogged. Not such a big problem when it comes to cleaning up after the current use, but a potential headache when you pull it out of storage and try to use it. Rather than wasting time trying to unclog the nozzle with a toothpick or cake tester, just remove the nozzle after use and store in a plastic bag filled with paint thinner. Then when it’s time to use the can of spray again again, pull out the unclogged nozzle and stick it back on.
Metal parts on paint brushes or metal trays are far more subject to rusting after use than they are newly purchased. That’s because when you clean paintbrushes and paint trays they tend to get wet. Using water on paint supplies will have that effect. You definitely want to use enough water to clean away the paint, but it is just as vitally important to make sure paint accessories with metal are thoroughly dried. Any leftover moisture on the metal parts of painting accessories can increase the potential for rusting.
Skin is for Pudding, Not Paint
Tamp down the lid tightly on a can of leftover paint that you might use again. Make sure the lid is very secure. Then store it away for future use upside down. The necessity to turn the paint can right side up before it can be opened will prevent the formation of rubbery skin on the top surface.
Cleaning Your Hands
Anybody who has ever tried to clean paint off their hands knows what a pain it can be. There is one way to make stripping paint away from your skin go much easier and more efficiently, however. Start the process of cleaning up your own self before you even start painting. Commence the job by first thoroughly coating your hands with waterless cleaner. The trick is to cover every inch of your paint-dappled hands with the cleaner and then merely wipe away the excess rather than rinsing it away. This process leaves you with a thin layer of cleaner that proactively protects paint from sticking to your skin,thus making cleaning up afterward a cinch.