Have you ever started a painting job, opened a fresh paint roller, dipped it in the paint and rolled a bunch of horrible looking lint all over your freshly prepped wall? I have. Many times. And despite making this mistake often- it took me a long time to learn. But admitting there is a problem is only half the battle- how do you prevent or remove lint from paint rollers?
Well, I tried buying the expensive “lint free” rollers and guess what? I still got a lot of lint of the walls. I tried other suggestions, like wiping the roller with a wet rag- and guess what? I still had lint problems. Finally, in a fit of desperation, I threw the paint roller in with a load of rags and washed it in my washing machine. Then I dried it in my dryer. And guess what? No more lint. Now, whenever I am planning a painting project, I buy a 6 pack of rollers and throw them all in the wash the night before. Since all the paint rollers I can now find come with plastic backings (instead of the old paper rolls), I have never had a problem with any of the rollers disintegrating in the wash. And lint is no longer a problem.