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How to clean an emulsion brush

Listed under Blog, brushes, cleaning, hildering Posted Mar 09 2014

First written August 8 – 2010 I recently wrote about how to clean an Emulsion brush< and promised to post the evidence of the water required to clean four 2" / 3" brushes. Got the photo back from the developers! As you can see, well under 2 gallons, if done in a bucket.

In the era of hose-pipe bans and eco-sense, I personally think that is a good use of water.

The water will obviously be recycle-able and to throw away those particular brushes to save water, would be a very wasteful option, unlesss I don’t plan on painting again!

This article from 2010 seems horribly old! The bucket has its place on site, for suspending brushes overnight in water, but not a great option for deep cleaning brushes after every use. See how we have moved on and are changing our chip.

Again, under 2 gallons seemed OK then, but having seen the alternative solutions coming from Holland in particular, ouch. Google translate and read this and look at this via Verfblogger. Almost measured in drops of water not pints!

And “recyclable” water! The word is that ingredients in conventional emulsion paints and such like going down the sink, really are affecting the water supply more than we are being told.

The Dandy

This is a pretty good time-saving device for cleaning roller sleeves A minute and it’s all over.

I stand to be corrected, but I don’t see any water-related benefits, as you still need to douse the sleeve in a bucket of water as part of the high-speed cleaning process. Any feedback welcome.

Do you have any other emulsion brush or paint cleaning tips? Leave a comment and share your knowledge! And do check out the Change our chip link above for the better paint brush cleaning options in 2014.



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