How do I clean up after painting and what do I do with leftover paint?

How do I clean up after painting

Traditionally, cleaning up after painting was a bit of a specialist process.

The majority of paints used to be oil-based paints, which meant that white spirit was needed to clean up equipment such as rollers and paint brushes.

Nowadays, more and more interior paints are water-based, which means that clean up much more straightforward!

All of our Emulsions, Acrylic Eggshells and Metallic paints within the 1829, Artisan, Superior, Abigail Ahern and Liberty paint ranges are water-based. We do manufacture a few products that are oil-based, such as Abigail Ahern floor paint and some oil-based glazes and varnishes within our specialist trade range.

Clean up with water-based paints

After painting, simply remove as much paint as possible from the application equipment before washing with soapy water. If there are any spots of paint on skirting boards or wooden flooring after painting walls, you should be able to remove this with a wet cloth.

Clean up with oil-based paints

After painting, remove as much excess paint as possible from equipment and clean brushes and rollers using white spirits.

Disposing of unwanted paint

Remember, don’t empty any excess paint into drains or down sinks. Actually it is a great idea to keep hold of any extra paint you have, as it can be used to touch up any scrapes or marks on the walls that may occur after the room has been lived in for a while. This means you can keep the room looking fresh.

If you do want to get rid of an opened tin of paint, why not donate it to a charitable project like Community RePaint so the paint can be used by someone that needs it?

There are also a wealth of sites like freecycle where you can advertise your paint so someone local may take it and put it to good use for no cost.