Year-Round Priority: Keeping Paint Brushes and Rollers Clean

Whether a professional or a do-it-yourself person, keeping your brushes and rollers clean and in prime condition should be a priority for all painters.  Below are some quick and easy steps to ensure that your paint brushes and rollers are always ready for your next project.

Paintbrush isolated on white background
Paintbrush isolated on white background


First of all, regardless of whether you are just taking a break for the day or you are completely finished with your painting project, you should always begin the cleaning process with, at a minimum, three thorough rinses of your brush or roller.  Be sure to use the appropriate rinse agent:  mineral spirits for an oil based paint or warm water for latex paint.  Press the brush bristles in your rinse agent to be sure to release any paint remaining in the middle of the bristles.  Squeeze as much paint as you can out of the brush and repeat until clean. 

Next, in order to get as much water or mineral spirits out of your brush as possible, briskly shake or spin your brush repeatedly.  Do not hit the brush on the top of a can, countertop or sink so as to avoid denting the bristle frame and deforming your brush.  A deformed brush will negatively and noticeably impact your next painting finish.  Also do not use combs or wire brushes to remove dried paint because this action will pull out bristles and/or put dried paint flecks into your next finished product. Finally, dry your brushes with shop or paper towels and store horizontally on a flat surface.  Storing brushes while standing up will make the bristles dry crooked and the brush will be unusable. 

Quality painting equipment can be expensive but is worth the cost in terms of your painting results.  You will want to keep your painting equipment in excellent condition to ensure years of productive use.

For more details, see “The Paint Corner” in the June/July 2015 Gateway News or contact Brian Garleb at 618-972-9516 or .

June is National Dairy Month

Milk, cheese and ice cream:  these are a few of America’s favorite foods.  It is easy for us to go into our local grocery store and pick up any kind of dairy product that we can imagine, not to mention the fact that dairy products are critical ingredients to an almost unlimited list of other food items.  What most of us don’t think about when we grocery shop is exactly what goes into producing a gallon of milk, 8 ounces of cheese, or a quart of ice cream.


Beginning in 1937 as National Milk Month, National Dairy Month started out as a way to promote drinking milk in order to stabilize demand when dairy was at a surplus.  Since then, June as become an annual national tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to our country and world, thanks to the National Dairy Council’s promotion.  Today there are almost 49,000 dairy farmers in America, with 97% of all dairy farms being family owned and operated.  Dairy farming is not just a job, it is a lifestyle for the entire family, and for most families, spanning several generations. It truly is a family affair!

Celebrating National Dairy Month is a great way to honor the dairy farming families, especially the farmers themselves.  Take a moment to think about the dairy families when purchasing or consuming dairy products.  And if you don’t currently use dairy products, National Dairy Month is a great time to start enjoying these nutrient-rich foods. Dairy products can contain up to nine essential nutrients which can help you control your weight, lower your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and some cancers.  In addition, dairy products help build/repair muscle and keep your skin healthy.

Those are just a few of the reasons that you should celebrate dairy farm families and dairy products, not just in June, but all year long.

Raynor Residential Opener Sail

At FS Construction Services, we have built our reputation on providing the highest quality work and partnering with the highest quality brands.  As a special offer to our customers, Raynor, the leader in residential and commercial garage doors is extending this special offer.

Now through July 17th, Raynor and FS Construction Services are offering a residential opener sale on all garage door openers.  There are many reasons you may need a new or additional opener; a new driver added to the family, an opener may have been lost have a broken opener or one that is not working as well as it used to, or simply having an extra one made for another family member.  Whatever your reason, FS Construction Services and Raynor are here to help with special savings.

We have always put quality first when helping assist its customers’ needs. This sale has great deals on garage door openers ranging anywhere from $10 dollars off to $30 dollars off per unit. All of these openers are very reliable and excellent performance, and all of the openers have the convenient ability to be controlled with a Smartphone application.


Get your new garage door opener while this promotional value lasts. You will certainly be pleased with service you receive from the professionals at FS Construction Services.

For more information on how FS Construction Services can help with your garage, overhead door, or other construction needs call us at 618-282-3454.