How To Clean Gun Cleaning Brushes?

We all ask what’s the best gun cleaning brush, and what method for cleaning the gun works the best. What about the brush that you use to clean the gun? Who cleans it? What’s the best brush-cleaning liquid?

Ever thought about that? If you didn’t, you should. Or else, you will find yourself in a dilemma of buying a new gun cleaning brush every month. To prolong the life of a brush and keep it in a condition where it can clean the gun regularly, it’s important to take care of the brush. Let’s see how we can take good care of it.

How To Clean Gun Brushes?

How To Clean Gun Cleaning Brushes

As we know, gun brushes are not the same as a toothbrush. I mean you can use it as a toothbrush, but only once. But if you are Optimus Prime, then daily. Jokes aside, metal brushes are quite hard to clean and make sure their metal parts are not rusted and not flaking.

Before you can begin to clean the brushes, I want you to get some supplies. They will come in handy and will make the process much simpler. You will need your gun brush, cleaning rags, latex gloves, and cleaning solvent.

Step 1: Wear Latex Gloves

Wear latex gloves. They are important to keep your fingers and palms safe. You don’t want unwanted bruises on your finger. Let me tell you beforehand, that metal cuts are quite painful.

The latex gloves will make sure nothing of those pointy brushes goes through the gloves and bruises your hands. Safety is important.

Step 2: Take Out The Solvent

Take out the solvent that you bought. Make sure it’s rated for metal and will not damage the coating of it. Then put the solvent in your cleaning rags. Don’t use your hand to brush the brush or a different brush for that matter. That’s a lot of brushes.

As I was saying, make sure to use the cleaning rags. They are the best at this task. They won’t break the brush nor will they get damaged too much. And even if they do, I’m sure you have some disposable rags on your hand already.

Step 3: Wiping Time

It’s wiping time. Remember, don’t put in more solvent than it’s necessary. Less is more. After getting a little amount of solvent on the rag, use it to wipe the brush. First, do it gently to remove all the outer debris and visible dust particles.

Once you are done wiping the outskirts, it’s time to dive deep in. This time, you can be a bit rough. But not to the point where you pull off a brush head. Just keep the roughness to a limit. Once you are satisfied with the finish, it’s time to wash the brush.

You can use water as the liquid to clean them, the brush won’t get damaged as they tend to have water-resistant coating and anti-rust coating in them. You can either submerge it in a bucket and then shake the water off. Or wash it with a hose and let it hang to drain the water.

Why Should I Clean My Gun Cleaning Brush?

Well, why should you? You can just go on with your life and not care about the brush, right? No, wrong. After you use the brush to clean the inside of your gun, it will wipe out some gunpowder and barrel flakes if the gun is too old.

Not all of the dust and aftermath of your shooting will fall from the barrel. Some of them will stick to the gun and stay there unless you clean them. When that happens, the next time you put that brush into a different gun or the very same gun, you are not taking out any debris, rather you are putting in more debris.

That’s harmful for your weapon. This is why it’s important to keep the brush clean. Otherwise, it won’t be able to do the job it’s supposed to do.

What About The Inside Of The Brush?

If your brush is not a one-piece design and has a way to disassemble it, then chances are some of the debris is stuck inside the brush. In that case, you will need to disassemble the brush. Then clean the individual parts one by one like the method I mentioned above.

This way, you are ensuring that you have a clean brush that will have no issues at all. And it will also prolong the life of that brush.


I hope that you now know why it’s important to clean gun brushes and how to clean gun cleaning brushes. After all, hygiene isn’t limited to humans only. You can keep healthy hygiene on the weapons you use as well. If you do that, you will make sure your weapons and the tools serve you for a long time.

With that said, that’s all for now. I think I’ve covered all the necessary parts to make you a brush-cleaning master. Hopefully, you had fun reading it and learned something new on the way. I will see you on the next one. Till then, take care and have fun.

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