"Would you like to stock these in your shop?", I asked one of my friendly competitors in the stencil industry.
I continued with enthusiasm "They are brilliant! They clean the paint from your stencil brushes even if the paint has set hard on the bristles".
He shook his head then replied "Helen, you will never be a business woman, when my customers ruin a brush they have to buy a new one why would I sell a tool to prevent that?" Fair point....however, I stand by The Brush Scrubber as being a hugely useful asset for the paint room and kitchen. Both Rachel and I use them to clean olive oil and pastry brushes as well as keeping our paint, varnish and stencil brushes in top condition. I reckon that most households need one and our best ambassadors are those that have used them. Our Brush Scrubber tools were inspired by a component in a children's toy that my friends in America were using to clean their stencil brushes. I brought some back to the UK but found that they were a tad sharp, shredded my knuckles and the tool snapped after a while. I had a local company make me a brush scrubber that would be inexpensive, would fit in my palm, would have less 'pointy' points and I asked them to make them in an unbreakable plastic.... I would not dare tell my competitor that last bit, he would still be laughing at me.
To clean the stencil brush at the end of a painting session one just wets the bristles then scrubs it over the teeth of the tool. You would add turps to the brush if using oil paint and soap if using water based paint. It is as easy as that to keep the paint from drying in the bristles. An occasional dry brushing over the tool keeps the brush pliable when it has been stencilling for hours. Usually, one only needs to buy another Brush Scrubber when you have lost or loaned it. Be warned not to loan yours though.. you may never get it back.