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How-To Clean your Stencils!

Want a Squeaky Clean Stencil?

Getting your Cutting Edge Stencils stencil patterns as clean as possible may seem like a tedious task to those DIYers who don’t know the best tips and tricks! If you want crisp results with your wall stencils or stenciled home decor, mimic the following instructions once you notice that the paint resedue on the stencil starts to interfere with the neatness of your project! These tips will also be helpful when cleaning neglected stencils that have been covered in caked on paint or plaster for quite some time!

To Clean your Stencil:

It might be as easy as running the stencil patterns under water and scrubbing with medium pressure using a dish brush! You can keep the stencil flat by placing it on a cutting board of cookie sheet while the water runs and you scrub.

If water just isn’t cutting it, try spraying the stencil with Krud Kutter and scrub! This is an eco-friendly cleaner that is sure to cut through dried paint. One of our customers, Lee Gamble, also suggests using Dawn’s “Power Dissolver” in the same way.

For the tougher to clean stencils, we advise a presoaking period! You can spray the stencil with any cleaner you see fit (see above), and lay it flat in a plastic trash bag overnight. Afterward, clean as previously recommended.

PS. You can use the presoaking method for dried out brushes as well!

For more tips and tricks to get your stencil as clean as possible:

Thanks for reading!

Melissa and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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