Care and Maintain

Washing Your Brush and Roller

Looking after your quality brush and roller can make all the difference to your job so it’s important that you take the time to properly prepare and care for your tools.

Before painting

Before painting

Once you choose your brush or roller, you need to wash them before painting. This is a vital part of the process because the water makes it easier to load paint, achieve better coverage upon application and results in a much smoother finish.

Prep your roller by washing it out thoroughly under the tap, which should also remove any excess lint. With your brush, soak it in an inch of water for 10 minutes. Ensure you shake out excess moisture from both your brush and roller as you don’t want any drip marks on your surface. 

In between painting

In between painting

When you’re waiting to apply your second coat, leaving paint on your brush or roller can cause them to dry out and become unusable. Save time washing them out – instead, wrap up your tools in aluminium foil between coats.

This will keep the paint on your brush and roller fresh for a long period of time.

Keep paint

Keep paint

While you’re waiting for your first coat to dry, it is also important to use aluminium foil to cover the paint in your trays, pots and buckets to keep it fresh.

When you’re ready to tackle the second coat, give the paint another stir in case any colour separation has occurred.

On completion of your paint project

Once you finish painting at the end of the day, you need to clean your brush and roller properly so you can continue to use them over and over again.

Use cleaning tools

Use cleaning tools

The best way to remove excess paint from a brush or roller, is to use a quality brush comb. A comb will effectively brush out all roller cover materials and brush filament, easily reaching those tough areas near the ferrule where paint can get stuck. Using after each use, will prolong the life of your roller or brush.

Wash with water

Wash with water

Wash your brush thoroughly in a bucket of warm, soapy water. Make sure you dispose of the water safely.

Store in keepers

Store in keepers

Once dried, store your rollers and brushes out of the elements. You can store your brushes in the brush keeper while the rollers can be stored in a zip lock bag.


Why is it essential to wash painting tools before use?

Washing paint tools before use is an important painting maintenance tip, as it allows paint to apply to surfaces better and helps to achieve that flawless finish you desire.

How can I prevent my brushes from drying out during breaks?

Wrap your brush tightly in cling wrap or aluminium foil to prevent the paint from drying out.

What are the best tips for paint roller care?

Like brushes, you can also wrap your rollers in cling wrap or aluminium foil to stop the paint drying and hardening the roller. Use the curved end of your 5-in 1 Paint Scraper to get remove excess paint and wash it out in a bucket of warm, soapy water.

How long should I soak my brushes before painting?

We recommend soaking your paint brush for 10 minutes in an inch of water prior to use.

How to clean paint brushes

Use a brush comb through the bristles, making sure you get in close to the ferrule where paint can get stuck. Wash out in a bucket of warm, soapy water.

What's the most effective way to store paint brushes and rollers after use?

Monarch’s brush and roller products come in packaging that doubles as a handy storage solution. This includes zip lock bags and canisters for roller covers and re-sealable brush holders for brushes.

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