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How to clean your rubber stamps 

1) Using a Cleaning Chemical Solution

If you are using our traditional oak mounted rubber stamps or Acrylic stamps, it's always a good idea to clean them before packing them away. Stamp off excess ink on your stamp by pressing the stamp on scrap paper continuously until no more ink comes off the stamp.

To clean the rubber stamp thoroughly, we suggest using a cleaning product specially made for rubber stamps. Spray the solution on a paper towel, and wipe the ink from the stamp. The whole process only takes a few seconds!

If you are using permanent ink like Stazon ink pads you will need to use a solvent-based cleaner to clean the ink off your stamp. The cleaner is specially formulated to be non-toxic and is safe for use on rubber and clear stamps.

2) Using a Toothbrush 

To remove stubborn ink, try spraying the cleaning solution onto the rubber and then brushing the stamp with a toothbrush.

* TIP: There is a difference between clean stamps and stained stamps. Sometimes the rubber becomes stained after a certain amount of use ( depending on the ink used) , however, they are perfectly clean. Avoid trying to scrub stained rubber clean as this might damage the rubber.

 

 

3) Soap and Water

Simply use soap and water with a paper towel to wipe the rubber stamp clean. If you want to use water with our oak stamp, do not submerge the whole rubber stamp in water, as this will soften the wood and weaken the adhesion in the stamp. Be sure to air dry the stamp before storing it away.

*Tip: Cleaning your acrylic custom stamp can be done using the same methods above. Stamp cleaner or soap and water are both effective ways to wipe away any ink that ends up on your stamp..

 

4) Baby Wipes

Only use alcohol-free baby wipes to clean your oak rubber stamps. Baby wipes that contain alcohol can cause your stamps to become pale, dry and fragile over time.

 

Rubber Stamp Storage

Store your oak or acrylic rubber stamps flat or upright in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight to avoid them becoming brittle or cracked. Prolonged resting on an uneven surface, such as a surface with ridges, may cause imperfections or dents in the rubber and render it unusable over time. It is important to avoid exposure to excessive heat or humidity in order to prolong the life of your stamp and continuously achieve perfect, crisp impressions.

 

Care tips by stamp 

Traditional oak or acrylic rubber stamp

Our traditional stamps are generally made of grey eco rubber. Stamps made from this rubber can handle special inks and solutions, like those made with alcohol or paint. These inks should be applied with a lighter hand to avoid smearing upon stamping. The traditional rubber stamps made by stampit.co.uk are made from this rubber.

 

Self-inking Stamps

Self-inking stamps use a rotating pushdown motion.  The stamp surface hits an internal ink pad before stamping the image on paper. Although they are the quickest stamps to use, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s directions for pad replacement making sure that you only use approved ink pads. 

 more stamp care tips

  1. Avoid storing your rubber stamps in ways, such as a colander or wicker basket so that the stamps are not pressing against each other or pressing against metal or wood. This type of storage can leave dents in your rubber that will give you gaps in your stamped images.

  2. Cleaning your rubber stamp is also important so as not to contaminate your ink pads when switching to another colour. Maintaining a clean stamp will allow your ink colours to stay bright and vibrant.

  3. If your stamps start to lose their stickiness, simply rinse them with a small amount of mild soap and water.

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