Whether you are a professional nail artist or you are simply pampering yourself and your friends at home it is very important that you keep your nail tools in good working condition. This is both for the health of your nails and also so that you do not need to keep spending money on new tools.
For example, knowing how to take good care of and cleaning acrylic nail brushes can save you a lot of money in the long run. This means that you can invest in a good-quality and slightly more expensive nail brush without the worry that you will need to replace it often.
So, how do you properly clean your acrylic nail brushes?
Step 1: Setup
Although cleaning your brushes can take a little bit of time, this step is rather easy. You will not need too many items. Ensure that you have a clean container and your cleaner of choice. The best cleaning solution is a monomer as it is very gentle on the bristles (both natural and artificial).
You can also use acetone or a brush cleaner but you should bear in mind that these are a lot harsher and may ruin any natural hair brushes.
It is also best to use the same bowl for cleaning your brushes as this will avoid any contamination.
Step 2: Soaking the brushes
Exactly how long you will need to soak your brushes for depends entirely on how dirty they are. Simply fill the container with your cleaning solution of choice and leave to soak for a minimum of one hour. If there is a build-up of polish on the brushes or other hardened materials, then it is best to let them soak overnight.
Step 3: Rinse the brushes
Once you have left the brushes to soak for long enough, remove them from the cleaning solution and rinse with warm water. Simply rinse the brushes, do not pull or scrub them as this can damage them.
However, if you have used a brush cleaner then you may need to remove any excess build-up carefully with an orangewood stick. Make sure that you are gentle enough not to ruin the bristles.
Pat the brush with a paper towel to get rid of any leftover cleaning solution.
Step 4: Leave to dry
Once your brushes are completely clean simple leave them lying on a paper towel for as long as it takes them to dry.
Step 5: Soak (again)
Repeat this stage to ensure that there is no extra product stuck in the bristles. You should leave the brushes in a monomer solution for at least two hours. If you are using a brush cleaner then a quick dip should suffice.
Step 6: Dry (again)
This time leave your brushes to dry without rinsing off the cleaning solution. Simply let it evaporate. Leave until completely dry.
To sum up
Although the process takes a lot of time the actual steps for cleaning your brushes are easy. Making sure that you keep your brushes in good condition is not only hygienic, but it means that you will not need to replace them as often.