How To Clean Up After Painting

Painting projects are not only time consuming, they also can get quite messy. It is ideal to cover the entire room with newspapers and remove furniture to avoid paint splashes. However, no matter how cautious we get, some paint still manages to splatter and we end up with a cleaning task. Here are few indispensable tips that would help you clean up after painting any part of your home.

Paint on Fabric

We all wear old clothes and shoes while painting because removing any stains of paint from cloth is a difficult task. In case paint falls on your decent pair of clothing, wait till it dries. If you try removing wet paint, it will spread all over and penetrate into the cloth fibres. It would just not go, no matter what you do. Hence, let it dry first and scrub it in warm water with a brush. You may try rubbing alcohol on the paint mark and scrape it with a stick. Try it at least three times and you will be successful in your endeavours.

Clean Up After Painting

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Paint on Carpets

If you have forgotten to remove your carpet while painting (you will be amazed at how often this happens!) and some paint splatters on it, wait till the paint dries. Once it dries, use a blunt knife to loosen the paint spots in the direction of the fibre. Then use warm water and lemon juice to clean the carpet and remove the stain.

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Paint on Windows and Fixtures

Paint often falls on window edges which should be peeled off after it completely dries. Use a bladed scraper to clean the paint. Later wash the glass and polish it. Paint spots from fixed fittings can be wiped clean using a damp cloth. Stubborn spots need to be gently scraped using a blunt knife.

Paint on the Skin

Wear gloves prior to painting to avoid paint on your hands. There are various hand cleaners available in the market that clean paint spots from the skin without causing any kind of damage or irritation.

Paint on the Brush

It is very important to clean your applicators like rollers and brushes immediately after using them. Here are some tips on how to remove different types of paint.

1. Latex Paints: Latex paints are water-based paints and easier to work with. They are also easier to clean because they can be cleaned under running water. When working with latex paint, put brushes and rollers in water and roll back and forth to clean them thoroughly. Later, rinse under running water till the brushes are clean.

2. Oil-Based Paints: You would need white spirit to clean brushes and rollers dipped in oil-based paints. You will have to soak the brushes and rollers in the spirit for a while before cleaning in soapy water. Those using alkyd paints should not forget the solvent as well as paint is volatile and hence, you should wear a respirator while using it. Ensure there is no open flame nearby.

Once paint brushes are cleaned, they should be wrapped in wax paper and sealed using a rubber band to hold their shape. You can also use cling film to wrap them, which will prevent air from entering and drying of brush.


  • Never scrape wet paint. It will spread the paint instead of getting rid of it.
  • It is best to clean your brush as soon as you finish painting to ensure it remains in good shape.
  • Clean rollers and brushes under the highest water pressure possible for efficient cleaning.
  • Don’t forget to clean the soles of your shoes. Otherwise, wherever you go, you will accidentally take paint along with you.

So next time you are doing a DIY painting job, ensure you take necessary precautions to avoid paint splattering in the room. If there are accidental spills, you now have the knowledge how to clean up after painting.