Paint Brush Care Guide

A good brush is key to your success as a painter! Whether you prefer natural bristles or synthetic bristles, it is really a personal preference.  Any quality brush is an investment and should be taken care of properly! A Dixie Belle Paint Brush will make your work easier, more comfortable, and produces the best results. Treat your brushes with care from the very beginning so they will last a lifetime! If you treasure your tools, you’ll intuitively know how to treat them.

Just follow these guidelines and you will have a set of happy paintbrushes on your hands!

Materials List:

  • Cool Water
  • Scrubby Soap or Mild Soap
  • Rag or Paper Towels
  • Brush Comb

How To:

  • Always wash a new brush before you use it. This will help remove loose bristles, especially natural bristle brushes. We recommend using cool water and Scrubby Soap or another mild soap to clean the bristles. This step will help avoid bristles from transferring onto your project!
  • If you need to leave your project for a while, put the brush into a plastic bag or wrap it with cellophane and add a rubber band around the handle. You can put it in the refrigerator if you need to take a short break, but do not put your brush in the freezer.
  • Wipe off any excess paint onto a rag or paper towel before washing it. The less paint, the easier it is to get completely clean! Gently massage the bristles into the soap and rub the brush in a circular motion in the palm of your hand. Rinse the brush with the bristles facing down towards the sink. Repeat this step until the water runs clear.
  • Do not rest your paintbrush with bristles down in a cup of water and avoid holding the brush head under the water with the bristles pointing up as this will push the paint down into the brush. Do not soak your brushes. This will soften the glue holding the brush together and cause all of the bristles to fall out.
  • After your brush has been cleaned with soap and water, use a brush comb to remove any paint residue and to straighten the bristles before storage.
  • Lastly, it is best to hang your brushes to dry with the bristles pointed down.

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  1. Kim says:

    How do you clean paintbrushes without a sink? We have septic and cannot have the paint going down the drain.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Kim! We’d recommend washing your brushes outside using a garden hose.

  2. Karen says:

    How do you clean/care for brushes I use with the wax?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Karen! The same guidelines would apply to cleaning a brush that you used with wax. Wash with soap/water and Scrubby Soap. 😊

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