I have a bathroom sink, a tub, a toilet, and a kitchen sink. I do not
have a utility sink in my house. I also have a yard. If I paint a room
and want to wash out my brushes and rollers, where do I dispose of the
water and paint from the cleanup? What are the best methods for
cleaning bushes and rollers with an environment like mine?
<< where do I dispose of the water and paint from the cleanup? >>
1) Down the toilet
2) On a convenient gravel road or driveway
<< best methods for cleaning bushes and rollers >>
Depending on formulation, some latex paints are solublized for cleanup with
ammonia. Others may need an acidic helper like vinegar but I haven't tried it.
I've read advice for disposing of unused portions of paint that say pour
latex paint over crumpled newspaper in a plastic lined trash container.
Let dry, dispose of with household trash.
For cleaning up tools, I squeeze as much paint out of the roller as
possible, either by hand or by pulling it across the rim of the tray.
Fill sink with cool water, put brush and roller cover (if going to
re-use) in, squoosh it around to get out as much paint as possible.
Empty and rinse sink with plenty of clear water. Drizzle dish detergent
over roller and work it in; let stand. Work deter into bristles of
bruch, down into it as much as possible. Let stand a few hours, rinse
If you are reluctant to let any paint down the drain, do the initial
rinse in a large bucket of clear water. Then, let the water stand until
paint settles out, pour off the clear water and pick up the settled
pigment with newspaper or paper towels and dispose of in garbage.
It takes months for latex paint to settle out of water.
I throw rollers away because they take too long to clean, or put them in the
freezer without cleaning them at all, wrapped in Saran Wrap which will keep
them ready to thaw and re-use for a few days. I use low-quality brushes for
touchup, and throw them away. I DO clean good quality bristle brushes in the
sink and run the water down the drain. Surprisingly, the paint companies and
the water treatment plant say it's OK. Call them to find out.
I've been cleaning mine. Warm water works best...what you can do is take them
out to the yard and use the hose to get as much paint out as you can. Then
squeeze the roller cover to get as much water out as possible - wrap in papers
so they won't drip over everything. Bring the roller pad and paint tray back
to kitchen sink and soak in hot soapy water a few minutes.
Rinse in vinegar and water - if you have a brush of some kind, use it to fluff
up the roller cover.
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