Paint is one of the most economical and speedy ways to transform the look of a room or piece of furniture. One of the best tools for most painting projects is a paint roller. A paint roller covers more area than a paintbrush with the same amount of effort, and some paint roller frames have extendable handles to expand your reach. The rollers and frames come in different widths to fit the task and different textures to give you the results you desire.
Lots of DIYers take the lazy way out and simply toss the paint roller when the job is done. That’s certainly one way to clean up, but the cost of purchasing a new roller for each project can add up, especially if you are planning to paint multiple rooms or pieces. Plus, higher-quality paint roller covers that cost a bit more (and that you’ll want to reuse to get your money’s worth) will give you a better paint finish.
The steps for cleaning a paint roller are simple if you follow the guidelines for different types of paint. We’ll take a look at how to clean a paint roller, frame, and paint tray so you can save money and your tools.
How Often to Clean a Paint Roller
A paint roller should be cleaned at the end of every painting session. Clean-up is much easier and more successful when the paint is wet. Don’t forget to clean the roller frame and paint tray, as well.
If you need to take a short break during a painting session, place the paint roller in a large plastic bag and tie the bag shut around the handle. Slip the paint tray into a separate bag and tie it shut as well. This will prevent the paint from drying until you can get back to work.
Source: The Spruce