We recognise that decorating can create a number of waste issues: tins contaminated by paint residue are more difficult to recycle, and brush-cleaning can add trace contaminates to the water supply. Fortunately there are a few simple things you can do to make cleaning up after decorating less harmful on the environment.
Cleaning: Solvent Based products
If you are taking a short break from painting an alternative to cleaning your brush or roller is to wrap them in cling film. This will keep them supple and ready to use when you restart.
Once your job is complete remove any excess paint from the brush, putting it back into the can where possible. Then clean your brush using Polycell brush cleaner in a container with a lid, once the brush is clean seal the lid. Leave the container until the dirty solvent has settled. The clean solvent can then be poured back into the original bottle for re-use and the sediment left to dry before disposal in your general household waste.
Cleaning: Water-based products
If you are taking a short break an alternative to cleaning your brush or roller is to wrap them in cling film. For longer breaks or when your job is complete remove any excess paint from the brush/roller, putting it back into the can where possible.
To reduce water usage use a large container of warm soapy water rinse and clean them thoroughly. Once most paint has been removed place the applicator under a running tap to remove any final residue. Shake out brushes and spin rollers to remove any excess water. This should be done outside.
Clearwash: A sustainable way to wash out paint
How you choose to wash out paint is just as important as choosing the right products when it comes to working sustainably. Dulux Decorator Centres offer an environmental wash system, which is the sustainable way to clean brushes, rollers and trays on site. The Clearwash system separates water-based paint washing into non-hazardous solid residue that easy to dispose of and clear water that can be re-used.