How To Clean
One of the most asked questions I receive is how to clean stencils.
You may be surprised to hear, I actually don't. I simply wipe around the cut edges of the stencil after use to avoid paint build-up, then hang to fully dry.
However, many do clean them! And here are their suggestions:
1. Baby Wipes
Have a package on hand, then simply wipe the stencil down right after using.
Many soak the stencils in hot soapy water, then gently wipe the paint off.
3. Simple Green, Goof Off... etc.
Saturate with a solution, soak, then gently remove the paint with a rag.
Many have great success using these cleaning products. I personally have not tried them myself. I would suggest to proceed with caution and test out a small area first.
How to store
Carefully storing your stencils will help preserve them for many years to come. Here are some easy suggestions:
1. Hang them up
Some use hangers, shower clips, etc.
2. Tuck them into file folders
This is a great way to keep stencils divided, labeled and safe to transport.
3. Lay them flat
Keeping stencils flat is the most important. I would suggest to lay something in between each stencil, even just a sheet of paper, so they don't tangle into each other.
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