DIY Painting Clean Up Tips to Save You Time

Cut your painting clean up time in half with these great DIY tips for your next painting project.

Henry Ford said it best: “Before anything else, getting ready is the secret to success.” And it’s certainly true when it comes to painting. This collection of tips will help you prep your room before painting to protect your home against slop, spatters and spills so you can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your new paint job.

Move furnishings for easy access to the walls and ceiling

Cover the carpet with canvas drops

Protect hard floors with rosin paper

Video: A Trick for Storing Paint Brushes Overnight

When you're in the middle of a painting project and you need to stop for lunch or for the day, you don't want to clean your brush, but you also don't want to come back to a dried up mess. This video shows the best way to store paint brushes so you can use them again later. During your next painting project, you'll be glad you watched this video.

Remove cover plates, then tape over switches and outlets

Shelter baseboard with overhanging tape

Use wide tape and plastic to protect doors and windows

Mask off sensitive wiring and tuck it in the box

Hang and bag light fixtures

Fast blotting will save your carpet

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