If you’ve been interested in crafting with diamond art projects, you’ve probably started to notice that some of your tools have become oily and sticky over time. Not to worry! This is a common problem when you use your tools often, and there are several ways that you can clean off your tools in a matter of minutes so you can get right back to your painting. Over time, you will probably need to replace your drills and other diamond painting accessories as they get old and worn out. However, for now, we recommend keeping a few of each tool on hand so you don’t get stuck trying to clean an oily drill that’s long gone and cleaning your equipment regularly to avoid build-up.
Diamond Painting Drill Problems
As you use your diamond painting drills and other tools like tweezers and even beads, it’s easy for these items to become sticky and oily because of the regular application of the wax that helps you to pick up the beads and place them precisely. No one wants sticky hands, and oily tools can be difficult to work with, causing some frustration while working on what is supposed to be a relaxing project. If you’re wondering how to clean your diamond painting drills, they’ve probably already reached the point where they’re difficult to work with. Try cleaning off the drills that you have and then remember to clean them regularly to prevent them from becoming too oily and sticky in the future.
How to Clean Diamond Painting Drills
Wipe Down Drills
If your drills are only moderately oily, sometimes a simple wipe down will work. We prefer to use a baby wipe to clean off the excess wax and oil that becomes attracted to the tools, but you could also use a wet paper towel with a bit of dish soap on it. Remember to rinse your tools off well after a wipe down and let them air dry to prevent any moisture from becoming trapped.
Wash Drills Regularly
If your drills are beyond a mere wipe down clean-up situation, you’ll need to do a more in-depth cleaning. Fill a bowl with warm water and then add a bit of dish soap and sanitizer. Place your drills on a mesh strainer and lower them into the water. Allow them to sit in the mixture for a while—somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes. Pull the strainer out of the water, rinse the drills in fresh water and dry on a plate or paper towel until all moisture is gone.
Have Extras on Hand
You should always have some extra supplies on hand when sitting down to complete a diamond art project just in case something goes wrong. Invest in a few different sets of drills so that if you find one to be too oily and difficult to clean, you can just use a fresh one. But, remember to be diligent about cleaning your drills and other diamond art accessories after using them to avoid having to throw them away or scrub off residue from the wax. It’s a good idea to keep extras of other materials, too, like wax and beads in case you start running low mid-project. If you run out of wax altogether, there are some great household alternatives such as blu tack that you can use in its place.
How to Clean Oily Beads
Not only do the drills become oily, but sometimes you may notice a clump of unused beads sticking together as well. You can use the same baby wipe trick here to prevent losing any of your beads while also removing the sticky oil that they are covered in. Carefully dump your sticky beads onto a baby wipe and fold it up well to keep the beads from falling out of the sides. Rub the wipe around a few times and then pour your diamond beads back into their containers. Voila! Good as new.
Keep Your Diamond Art Accessories Clean
If you love completing diamond art paintings, then it’s important that you have all the right diamond art accessories—and you understand how to clean your diamond painting drills. Use a plastic organizer to keep your tools in the same, easy-to-find place. Then, regularly clean your drills by wiping them down after use with a baby wipe or wet towel. Don’t forget to let them completely dry before using it again. For serious crafters, we recommend having a few different drill options if one becomes too dirty to clean completely or you misplace your drill right before you’re ready to pick back up on your project. Happy painting, friends!