//How to Maintain a Paintbrush with Lye Soap

How to Maintain a Paintbrush with Lye Soap

For centuries, milk paint has been a practical and trusted product for decorating a wide variety of products and buildings. Milk paint, as compared to modern standard commercial paints, contains simple, 100% natural ingredients like milk protein and lime. In today’s market, consumers are increasingly aware of the harmful toxins and chemicals added to standard commercial paint and want to find an alternative that is both eco-friendly and safe for their loved ones.

Painting surfaces with Real Milk Paint is a quick and easy process that provides outstanding, beautiful results. In addition to high-quality paint, individuals require high-quality tools, such as brushes. These brushes can initially feel like a big investment, but once you’ve used them, you’ll understand why a great paintbrush is necessary to an enjoyable painting experience.

Lye Soap: The Best Natural Paintbrush Cleaner

Lye is a caustic material that allows for the gentle softening and breakdown of tough materials, such as paint. Lye is a product readily found in many body soaps, so you know that this gentle cleanser will do the job on your paintbrush while maintaining its original condition.

Real Milk Paint’s Lye Soap kit was developed to provide customers with an easy to use, gentle paint cleanser for the best natural care for their professional grade paint brushes. Lye soap helps to cut through any milk paint remnants on a paintbrush, while at the same time, conditioning the brush for a flawless finish. The Lye Soap kit works to wash, clean, and care for all brushes.

Using Lye Soap to Clean Your Paintbrush

When giving your paintbrush a thorough cleansing after use, ensure that the water you are using is quite hot. Hot water works to loosen the paint from the bristles, easing the cleaning process along. Later the paintbrush bristles using your Lye Soap bar.

Don’t fret if you don’t notice a lot of bubbles, as Lye Soap tends not to lather and become soapy like other cleansing products. Once you’ve coated the paintbrush bristles completely, meaning between all individual bristles, rinse the paintbrush completely. Squeeze out all excess water, and shake out the brush before you start the air-drying process.

Paintbrush Care After Cleaning

After the wash, you’ll notice that the bristles will want to spread out and separate into pieces. The Lye Soap kit includes a piece of fabric, designed to keep the bristles in place while ensuring that the bristles dry and stay conditioned. Take cloth and string included in the kit, and wrap cloth around the brush bristles, then tie it off and lightly cinch with the string . Find an area with good ventilation to let the brush air dry completely.

For more information on our non-toxic, eco-friendly Real Milk Paint and accessories, visit Real Milk Paint online and see why “green” paint is the safer, healthier choice for your family and the planet.

2017-04-13T13:43:57+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Tips & Techniques|

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