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Washing Paint Rollers in the Washing Machine

By Mike Cupit


Most decorators I know on the Decorators Forum UK wash their paint rollers in the washing machine. Some even wash their brushes in the washing machine too, but that’s a step too far for me!!


Using a washing machine for your rollers does come with a few drawbacks, but for me, the benefits well outweigh the negatives. I use 5 or 6 paint rollers every week. When I’m finished with a particular colour, I simply take roller sleeve off the frame, then stick it in a bag and tie it shut. Once a week, I’ll empty my bag of roller sleeves into the washing machine and clean them all at once.


The Downside of Using a Washing Machine


Well, there aren’t many really. It does make a racket, and you do worry about your washing machine breaking, although so far (touch wood), mine hasn’t. You will also need to wipe round the inside of the drum after use.


The Upside of Using a Washing Machine


It’s quick, easy, and cleans the roller sleeves better than you could ever do by hand!! All you need to do is put them on a “quick wash”, bang some washing powder in there, along with your conditioner, and you’re good to go!!

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