If you read my blogs regularly you will know that I am a stickler for good preparation and workmanship. This is most certainly the case with one of our most valuable tools – the humble paintbrush.
Brushes should be cleaned immediately after you have stopped painting. If possible wipe as much excess paint from the brush onto rags or newspaper.
Some decorators leave their brushes in a bucket of cold water. By far the better method for brushes which have been using water-based paints is to pop them under a tap running slightly warm. Ideally add a little Fairy Liquid or similar.
If you have been using oil based paints, put on a pair of household rubber gloves and pour some white spirit into a paint kettle or bowl. Dip the brush in and work the white spirit into the bristles well. Then repeat in clean white spirit until the liquid remains fairly clear.