Paint Cleanup Tips

Cleaning up after a paint job can be more of a chore than the actual paint job. It is not as easy as simply washing it off with soap and water since there are more materials to take into consideration. Here are some tips on cleaning up after a paint job.

First of all, to ensure the quickest, safest and easiest clean-up, opt for water-based latex paint. Just rinse off the paint residue in running water to clean-up.

Here is a DIY formula for paint removers if commercial paint remover is not available: mix four ounces of TSP (trisodium phosphate) with one quart of hot water. Apply the solution on the paint using a brush. You can rinse the paint and the solution off with plain water after 30 minutes. Remember though that you should always wear gloves when dealing with TSP.

Commercial paint thinners and removers can contain a number of toxic materials including methylene chloride which is a known carcinogen. When handling paint thinners and removers, wear masks, gloves, goggles and other protective gear. Also, do not work on an enclosed space and avoid these products if you have lung, liver or kidney problems.

Accidental splashes of paint, thinner or paint remover can be a normal occurrence. To get rid of them immediately, have a bucket of warm water nearby to rinse off the accidental splashes.

Do not dispose of paint, thinners and paint removers by simply disposing them down the drain. These usually have solvents that can be hazardous to the environment when uncontained. Call your local recycling center, health department or sanitation agency on how to dispose of these products.