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Clean-Up

Clean-Up

Finishing the job right is as important as how you start it. So, after painting, comes the cleanup. Here are some tips and advice to ensure that your painting project is completed successfully all the way until the end.

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  • Learn how to clean up right after the job is done

     
    • Spills, Splatters and Spray
       

      Spilling paint on carpet is what every DIY painter fears. The worst-case scenario is a whole can of paint spilling on your carpeting — this can happen to even the most careful and prepared painters. Keep plenty of clean towels and rags on hand just in case. And if you don't own a carpet cleaner that uses liquid solvents, rent one and keep it on standby. If you have expensive carpet, consider this an insurance policy. More than likely, the bulk of the paint will be on your plastic drop cloth. Take the drop cloth by the four corners and carry it outside. Put it into a trashcan or someplace outside where it won't harm anything. Be sure there's nothing on your shoes because you don't want to track paint through your home. If there's pooled paint, scoop up as much as possible with your hands and dump it into the roller pan. With latex paint, use water and lots of it. With oil-based paint, use lots of paint thinner (it's wise to stock up beforehand). Soak the spot repeatedly, massaging the water or thinner into the carpet and blotting it up with towels and rags to get out as much as you can. Finally, treat it with the carpet cleaner.

      Smaller spots probably won't require the carpet cleaner equipment, but the other steps will be necessary. If you discover drips or extremely small spots only after they have dried, you might be able to pinch them out with your fingernails or cut them out with a razor without doing noticeable damage to the carpet's appearance. Some "miracle" carpet spot removers may also handle small spots of oil-based paint. To avoid huge spills on carpets, you may want to transfer paint from a big can to a smaller one before climbing a ladder. Store the main paint can in a safe place, removing paint only as needed.

      For spills on clothing and cleaning your skin, latex paint requires lots of water and scrubbing. With oil-based paint, don't use paint solvent. It's not good for your skin or your clothing. Clean oil-based paint from skin or clothing with a mechanic's hand cleaner — a solvent that handles paint, grease and motor oil.

      Because your windows will be open for ventilating your work space, your wet, painted walls will attract and trap insects if you don't have the screens up. If you happen to get paint on a screen, be sure to remove it immediately. Blot, don't smear, the excess paint, and then treat with water, thinner or mechanic's hand cleaner while the paint is still wet.

      If you spill paint on hard wood, don’t panic. Use your hands (just as you would with carpeting) to clean up the puddle. Then soak and blot repeatedly with water. Use a wire brush for crevices in a stone floor or an old toothbrush for vinyl or wood.

    • Leftover Paint
       
      Paint can be stored for years when done right. Put a color swatch on the label, and mark on the can to show how much paint is left, then write the date and which room the paint was used for on the lid with a permanent marking pen. Then just close the can securely and turn the can upside down to create a tight seal around the lid. You can also transfer leftover paint to see-through, glass or plastic containers. Write all pertinent information on the outside and put plastic wrap just under the lid to prevent sticking. Now you can use it for touch-up jobs, or other projects.
      Liquid paint is usually considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. You cannot discard latex paint that is still wet, so be sure it has already dried and solidified before tossing it in the garbage. Adding shredded newspaper or cat litter speeds the drying process. Never pour paint down the drain, on the ground or into a garbage can. To safely dispose of significant amounts of leftover paint, take it to a special household waste collection center. If the can is empty, find out if your community recycles empty steel paint cans before tossing them in the garbage.
      Oil-based paint and stain products should be taken to a special household waste collection center in your town. Check with your local municipality for locations.
      Consider donating leftover paint to community groups, theater groups, schools, churches, etc. if you don’t want to store it.
    • Clean Up Work Space
       

      Pick up drop cloths carefully, making sure you don't spread around any paint that may have gotten on them. Next, carefully remove painter's tape at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. Remember that the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove. Use a one-sided razor blade to remove any paint that may have splattered on glass (best if done within 24 hours) and replace fixtures and wall plates.

    • Cleaning Paint Brushes/Applicators
       

      Paint roller in trayGood brushes, roller covers and other paint application tools will last for years if you treat them well so make sure to leave enough time at the end of each paint session to thoroughly clean your applicators.

      Start by removing paint from the bristles: For latex paint like True Value EasyCare® and WeatherAll® products, rinse thoroughly under warm, soapy water until the water is clear. For oil-based paint, wear rubber gloves as you work paint thinner through the bristles until the thinner comes out clear.

      After soaking, use a brush comb to separate bristles that stick together near the heel of the brush. Then shake them out or put the brush in a spinner if you have one. Finally, dry the bristles with a rag and store the brush in its protective sleeve to help keep its shape. Hang on a nail or hook.

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