Brushes are important when you are refinishing furniture. You need several. They need to be handy too. I find that I work with several at a time depending on the amount of pieces I have going on at once and I also have several sitting in a plastic princess cup in my sink waiting to be washed.
Dry Brush – to wipe off areas that have been sanded; wipe away spiderwebs and dirt from older pieces; wipe down shelves
Painting Brush – you may need 3 or 4 painting brushes if you brush every day. If you find one that you like, get at least 3 of them.
Wax brush – As you know I do not use a brush anymore when applying clear wax. I do use one for dark wax most of the time, however. It needs to be small and controllable.
Old brush – old brushes with caked on paint are just pretty. Put them in a can or in your kitchen in a bouquet to look at and remind yourself of all your hard work.
I think my brushes are the most important tool that I use. They do wear out and so it is important to make sure that you replace your worn ones with brushes that work. I don’t always want to spend more money on more brushes, but your work will go smoother if you have a good, new brush.
I clean my brushes now with dish soap. I then wrap them in paper towel to dry. Easy.