How to Clean Brushes Used With Glue

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Things You'll Need

  • Liquid soap

  • 2 small cups of water

  • Vinegar

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Paint thinner

  • Paper towel

How to Clean Brushes Used With Glue. Many paint brushes are ruined when glue is left to dry on the bristles. Cleaning brushes after use is imperative if you want to keep the brush in prime working order. Clean paint brushes make a project run smoother and help you complete future projects faster. Read on to learn how to clean brushes used with glue.


Step 1

Mix the soap in one of the cups of water. Drop three to five drops of soap in the water and stir it well. Dishsoap or liquid hand soap works best. If you do not have liquid soap, use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

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Step 2

Drop the brush into the cup of soapy water and move it back and forth in the cup. This works the soap into the bristles and keeps the water soapy. For vinegar or hydrogen peroxide mixes, leave the brush in the solution for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the brush from the soapy water and place it in the cup of clean water for 10 to 20 minutes. Allow it to soak in the water, moving it around occasionally.

Step 4

Pull the brush out and run your thumb through the bristles. If the bristles are tough or feel sticky. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the bristles are soft and clean.


Step 5

Put the brushes in paint thinner for about 10 to 20 minutes if the glue is already dried on the bristles. The paint thinner eats the glue off the bristles.

Step 6

Lay the brush on a paper towel or hang it up to dry.


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