Last week was the first time in almost 3 years that I completely took a break from my day job AND blogging. I had no posts scheduled, no DIY projects planned and no paperwork to complete. Instead, I enjoyed the beach, sun and time with my family.
With that being said, I did miss blogging, getting dirty and chatting with you all! As soon as I walked in the door and unpacked I threw on my painting clothes and finished painting the Goodwill dresser in the basement. There's no rest for the weary in this household!
After I was done painting and ready to apply the wax I realized my wax brush was disgusting and desperately needed cleaning. If you use chalk paint and wax to paint furniture then you know these brushes are not cheap. I paid around $30 for mine, but it's lasted me through countless projects and was definitely well worth the money.
I'm ashamed to say that I had never cleaned my brush before (I know, the horror!). I always just placed it in a closed plastic bag until the next use. Eventually, the wax built up and was so stiff and hard that I had no choice but to give it a good cleaning. Please, please, please don't do what I did. Reusing your brush after the wax has built up can damage your bristles and result in a useless brush. It takes all of 5 minutes to clean your brush with these few easy steps.
mineral spirits, a mason jar, dish soap (I'm partial to Meyer's) and warm water!
Fill a mason jar with enough Mineral Spirits to cover the wax coated bristles. Lightly press the tips of the bristles against the bottom and sides of the jar to loosen the wax. Let the brush sit about 2 minutes. The wax will start to dissolve in the Mineral Spirits.
Gently rinse and massage bristles under warm-hot water and dish soap until clean.
Rinse and hang or rest flat to dry.
This is the quickest and easiest way to keep your wax brushes clean and looking like new. If you care for your brushes properly they'll last you through countless projects and for many years to come.