How to Properly Clean Your Gel Nail Brushes

How to Properly Clean Your Gel Brushes

This tutorial is overdue. I get so many questions on how to clean gel brushes, and today I will show you the proper ways to clean your gel nail brushes during and after services.

I’ve been using these methods for years on my gel nail brushes without ruining them.

Greetings and welcome back. I am Paola and today we are getting into some seriously easy but super important techniques on cleaning gel nail brushes.

To clean your gel nails brushes whether just quickly or for a deep cleaning you literally will only need 90% alcohol, a clear gel (preferably a gel base) a lint-free wipe and a solid lint-free surface like a nail art palette.

And in today’s tutorial we will be talking about 2 techniques to clean gel brushes, the “flushing” technique and the “wiping” technique…

Wiping can be done dry or wet, as in w/ alcohol.

And flushing can be done with alcohol or gel

Just a few pointers before getting started.

Never use acetone to clean your brushes. Acetone will simply mess up your gel nail brushes. Minimally it will dehydrate them but it could also melt the bristles.

Also, If you have 100% alcohol, dilute it to a 90% alcohol solution by adding 10% water.

Otherwise, the bristles may become dehydrated. 

While technically you can use any clear gel to flush your gel nail brush, base gel is best because it has an adhesion component should any of the gel you use to flush the brush, touch the natural nail. For example, if you use a top coat to flush that brush, and then you use that same brush to apply your base, if you would wipe that brush on the natural nail, you could get that top gel on the natural nail and cause it to lift because top gel does not have adhesion component.

Ideally you want to use the clear gel you have assigned that brush to, to flush your nail brush, to keep the formulas from being contaminated.

But… If you cannot afford to assign a brush for every clear gel type you own simply use base gel.

To quickly clean your brush… wiping it, is all you will need to do. 

Here are some scenarios.

Ok so if you’re using a brush for one color to the next, all you have to do is dry wipe the brush in between a lint free wipe.

If the color is heavily pigmented, or it’s glitter, than go ahead and do a wet wipe. Meaning, add alcohol to the wipe, and then use this wipe to squeeze the gel out of the brush.

To deep clean your brush you will have to use a clear gel or for the deepest of cleanings use alcohol and clear gel.

Here are some scenarios.

If you need to flush the brush because it has a color or gel on there that you want removed you could just flush your brush in the clear gel until that product is removed to your liking.

If the brush you are about to use has become stiff like this one, you are going to have to break it up in a shallow amount of alcohol, dry wipe, then flush it in gel, dry wipe again and keep repeating until the bristles become soft and you can part in between them. Avoid the urge to use acetone, again it will damage your brush, and it is not needed.
If you have unfortunately cured gel on a gel nail brush, it may be officially ruined, but you can still use this method to try and save it.

To store your brushes simply leave them in a little bit of gel, of whatever sort you were using at the time you were using that brush. However, if you are unsure when you will use that particular brush, do condition it in a bit of clear gel before storing, Doing this will keep it from stiffening once again, or at least slow that process down significantly.

And that is pretty much it, when it comes to cleaning your gel brushes, during and before services. 

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Have a merry start to the week and we’ll see you in the next one. 


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