Brush Tips for first time use:
Right out of the package take a couple seconds to brush the bristles back and forth and around against your hand to loosen them and dislodge if any are loose.
When starting off with a new or dry brush submerged into water to the ferrule briefly just to slightly dampen the bristles. Give the bristles including the string a squeeze so that the brush is only damp – not so wet that it is dripping with water –
When dipping your brush into the paint there is no need to go the full length of the bristle 3/4's is the very most you need. There is really no need to get paint up to the edge of the string. The paintbrush will last longer and the cleanup will be much easier.
Brush Cleaning Tips:
After you are finished painting submerge into water. Allow to sit 30 minutes or longer to dislodge paint from bristles. After soaking for a bit, rinse your brush free of any paint. Using the hole in the handle allow paint brush to hang for drying.
Using the brush soap in only a tiny amount for every other brush cleaning is a nice way to condition the natural bristles. ( nothing wrong to use every time it is personal preference ) If paint is allowed to dry then your bristles will become quite stiff because the paint acts like a glue. That's why it is crucial all paint is removed from your brush before you allow it to dry. These brushes can be used for many years if cared for properly.