How to care for and clean acrylic, gel and design brushes

Masters of manicure, perhaps, it’s not necessary to tell how important it is for their work to keep brushes in good condition. Each master must have a dozen brushes of different shapes, sizes, with different hair and different purposes – for acrylics, gel, nail design, etc.

Whatever you do (nail design or extensions), you probably know how important it is to keep your brushes in good condition and prolong their life for a longer period of time. Here are just a few tips to keep such important tools in good condition.

Sable and Column Brushes

Sable and columnar brushes have always been valued by artists and craftsmen for their high durability and resilience. To prolong their life over a longer period of time, take advantage of some tips:

– Try to avoid brush-to-skin contact if possible. Oils produced by the human body can worsen the condition of brush hairs over time.

– Use a monomer to clean your brushes.

– Do not use acetone! After just one use of acetone, a brush may lose its performance properties. In addition, acetone corrodes the glue that binds the bristles and brush tip.

– Keep the monomer used to clean brushes separate from others.

How to remove acrylics from sable and columnar brushes

Dip the brush into the brush cleaner for 1-2 minutes to soften the acrylic. Then place the brush on a flat surface and apply light pressure. So that the hairs form a fan.

Using an orange stick, gently scrape the softened acrylic off the brush hairs until the brush is completely clean.

Once traces of acrylic are completely removed, squeeze the brush bristle between two paper towels to remove the cleanser. Dip the brush into the monomer and use the paper towel to shape the bristles (straighten the bristles). Keep brushes in an upright position.


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Gel brushes

Brushes with synthetic bristles are ideal for working with gel. They are sturdy and can withstand all types of cleaner.

Alcohol can be used to clean gel brushes. To clean a gel brush, simply dip it in the cleaner or alcohol a few times. Then squeeze between two paper towels and apply pressure.

Design Brushes

As a rule, design brushes have “sleek” shapes: this is necessary in order to create drawings and miniature details.

The way to clean these brushes depends on what they are being used for. If the brushes are in contact with nail polish, it is recommended to use a set of inexpensive brushes: so “painless” you can clean the brushes with acetone. However, the condition of the bristles deteriorates in this case.

If you’re using a brush to work with water-based varnishes, dip it in warm soapy water, rinse it in cold water and wipe it with a dry paper towel.


How to Clean Design Brushes

Never clean or immerse design brushes in boiling water.

Clean your brush in a small bowl of cold water after each stroke.

Pat or wipe the brush with a clean paper towel, and put the bristles together with your thumb and forefinger to remove any residual moisture and return the brush to its original shape.

After a few weeks, you can clean your brushes with isopropyl alcohol, which removes any dry paint residue. After the alcohol, you should rinse the brush with cold water. Allow brushes to dry and store in an upright position.

How do I keep my acrylic brush from getting hard?

This is a very common question. Acrylic paint is made from a number of different types of acrylic polymers, and as the paint dries, it will harden. This is why you should always make sure that your brushes are wet before painting, because this will help to keep them soft.
If you have already created a brush that has dried out and become hard, there are some tips on how to soften it up again. First of all, make sure that your brush has been wetted with water and then place it in an airtight container with some water in it for at least 24 hours. Secondly, you can use baby oil or Vaseline to soften the bristles on your brush as well.

Can I use alcohol to clean my acrylic brush?

No, you should not use alcohol to clean your acrylic brush. Alcohol is a solvent and will dissolve the paint on the bristles and make it impossible for the brush to hold any more paint.