How to Clean a Rubber Stamp
So, caring for rubber stamps? What are the basics? How can you make sure that your rubber stamps are perfectly clean and ready to use?
Cleaning a rubber stamp
It doesn’t matter if you have been using your stamp for a while, or it is a brand new addition, you are going to need to know how best to clean it. This will ensure that when you use them that the image is clean and crisp and there is no ink contamination from other inks that you have used. It will also mean that your stamp is kept in the best condition possible and that it will last as long as you want it too. Meaning that you get the maximum return for your investment. There are a number of ways that you can approach cleaning your rubber stamp and the one that you decide on will really depend on what is the best for you.
If you want to make sure that your stamp is as clean as possible, then you might want to have a look at some of the specialist stamp cleaners out there that are designed to properly clean any stamps that you have. These are available from rubber stamp suppliers and craft stores and are sold in a bottle. You can then pour the cleaner liquid into a bowl or cup which you can then use to clean the stamps, or, some cleaners come with a pad that can be used to clean the stamp.
If you want a an easy way to clean your stamps, then baby wipes are a great option and we use them oursleves here at stampit.co.uk. They are quick to grab and use, however, it is important to remember that they will only be able to clean away the excess ink on the top of the stamp, they won’t be able to get right into the crevices of the stamp as some cleaners will.
Soap and water
For a truly old-fashioned approach you can’t beat soap and water. The majority of standard inks can be washed off using a normal washing detergent that you would use when washing up. You can combine this with an old toothbrush which will really help to get into all the crevices.
Top tips for caring for your rubber stamp
There are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning your rubber stamp and ensuring that it is protected. You should never soak a wooden stamp, as this is likely to damage the stamp and will reduce the amount of time that it will last.
After each time you use your rubber stamp you should tap it on a piece of scrap paper, this will remove any surface ink from the stamp and will make sure that cleaning it is that little bit easier.
You should also avoid any cleaning products that contain alcohol as this will dry out your stamp and could lead it to being damaged. It is important that you only ever store your stamp around when they are fully dried out.
As you can see, cleaning a rubber stamp is important and it is something that you need to do properly. So, follow these tips and you can make sure that your rubber stamp is going to last and stand the test of time.