It's a challenge to apply paint without making a mess, especially when holding a brush overhead to cut in around a ceiling. The paint inevitably runs down the brush handle and drips onto the floor.

Stop the flow by wrapping a soft cotton cloth around the metal ferrule of the brush, then secure it with a rubber band. Be sure the cloth isn't touching the bristles or it will absorb too much paint and quickly become saturated.

Remove and discard the cloth when you're done painting for the day. If you don't, it will dry hard and stick to the ferrule.
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