Professional Tips for Cleaning a Paint Roller

Rollers are an essential part of every paint project. With a wider surface than brushes, they’re ideal for tackling large areas like your ceiling, walls, and furniture. And since they can hold more paint than brushes and distribute it more quickly, they make the work go by in a flash.

But once you’re done painting, dirty rollers saturated with color need a deep clean. Here are some professional tips for cleaning a paint roller and storing it.

Remove As Much Paint As Possible

You’ll want to start by removing as much paint from the roller as possible. Hold the roller over a paint can, and use a putty knife to scrape excess paint off and into the can. This process should remove the thickest layer of paint.

Next, take the roller and roll it over a newspaper or another surface you don’t mind getting dirty. That will remove even more paint from the roller and make cleaning the cover easier.

Clean the Frame

Put on a pair of gloves and carefully separate the roller frame from the roller cover. It’s crucial to wash the frame while the paint is still wet. Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with stubborn dried stains.

If you used latex paint, wash your roller in a bucket of warm water and dish soap. Let the frame soak, and use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away tough stains.

If you used oil paint, pour some paint thinner or mineral spirits onto a cloth rag, and use it to scrub off the paint.

Clean the Cover

Now that the frame’s clean, you can move on to the cover. Here are some professional tips for cleaning a paint roller cover.

For latex paint, clean the cover similarly to how you cleaned the frame. Soak it in a bucket of warm, soapy water, and rub the paint off with your hand. Then, rinse it in a clean bucket and leave it to dry.

For latex paint, you’ll need your paint thinner or mineral spirits again. Pour a small amount of either into a shallow container, and dip the cover in the solvent. Work out the excess paint using your hands—make sure to wear gloves!

Once the cover is paint-free, rinse it in a container full of clean solvent. Let the cover sit for a few minutes, then rinse it again with warm water and dish detergent. Finally, stand it on its end to dry.

Want To Reuse Your Roller?

Did you know that you can reuse most paint rollers up to five times? To store your roller, clean it, let it dry, and then place it in a sealable plastic bag.

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