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How To Clean Acrylic Brushes

Alpha Brush

Posted on August 20 2020

Whether you’ve been doing nails for years or you’re just thinking about becoming a manicurist, it’s important to know how to clean your acrylic nail brushes properly. Maybe you’re doing your own nails at home and you need some guidance on how to properly clean your tools.Acrylic nail brushes should be well cared for so they remain usable for a long time. There are several steps to cleaning your brushes.

The first is to make sure you have the right mix of acrylic powder and monomer so your brush doesn’t end up with tons of residue on it to begin with. That’s one of those times it’s beneficial to read the directions and get the consistency correct. 

The next step is to clean your brushes after every use. Let’s break that one down even further:

1. Wipe your brushes down with monomer using a lint-free cloth - Monomer is gentler on brushes than acetone nail remover which should be the last resort. Natural bristle brushes like our Oval Kolinsky will not withstand the harsh acetone. 

2. Soak your brushes in a dish of monomer - This part of the cleaning process might take an hour or two or you can soak your acrylic brushes overnight, depending on how much gunk has clung to the bristles. 

3. Rinse with warm water and lay flat to dry - This step is pretty self-explanatory; make sure to use a clean, lint-free towel to avoid getting random fibers on the bristles so you don’t have issues next time you use your brushes. 

Now that you know more about how to clean your acrylic nail brushes you’re off to a great start. The key to good acrylic manicures is clean, good quality brushes. You can also use our brush caps and our brush restorer in between sets to keep your brushes fresh and in the best shape possible to get the perfect bead of acrylic every time. Happy cleaning! 

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