TWP Stain Cleanup for Applicator Tools
Once you have completed an exterior wood staining project using any of the TWP Series Wood Stains, you should cleanup using mineral spirits. Although TWP is the only EPA registered wood preservative and has a very low VOC it is oil based and requires mineral spirits for cleanup. But with some cleanup knowledge and tips, it can be a breeze.
What You’ll Need for Cleanup
- Mineral spirits
- Personal protection
- Clean cloth or rag
- Plastic tarp
- Empty buck for disposal
You can find different sizes of mineral spirits for sale at about any paint supply store or big box store. Always wear protective wear like safety glasses, chemical-resistant gloves, and breathing aparatice. Once you are done staining with TWP pour any excess stain from containers back into the stain can. Use a brush to wipe all the extra stain back into the can as possible.
Take your applicator tools and containers needing to be cleaned to a safe location away from plants, grass, animals, etc. It is best to place a plastic cloth or tarp on the area you are going to be working. Pour mineral spirits into any of the containers that had any stain in them. Using a brush wipe the containers clean with the mineral spirits while essentially cleaning the brush at the same time. Then pour the used mineral spirits into the empty disposal bucket. Repeat if necessary and until the container is clean.
If you are cleaning several brushes or rollers do so in the spare bucket by pouring a little cleaner in it and swooshing the tools around until clean. Wipe off any excess mineral spirits with a clean cloth. Set the clean containers and tools aside.
If you used a pump or airless sprayer pour some mineral spirits into the tank of the sprayer. Stick the nozzle end into the spare bucket containing the used mineral spirits and pump or spray until clean mineral spirits is coming out. Dump any remaining cleaner out of the sprayer’s tank into the disposal bucket.
Any brushes, rollers, or used rags that are going to be reused should be placed safely in a fireproof container or metal can with a lid. It should then be disposed of properly along with the disposal bucket of used mineral spirits. Most communities have a hazardous waste collection program, check with your city or town. Never pour mineral spirits down the drain or on the ground. Never leave contaminated rags or cloths laying around as they are a fire hazard. Use common sense and be smart and you’ll have clean applicator tools to use on your next TWP staining project.