Picture this . . .You've just contaminated your
yellow stamp pad with blue ink after forgetting to clean off
your stamp. That's one reason why it is a good idea to get
into the habit of cleaning your stamps after each use, especially
when changing colors.
The handiest method for cleaning stamps is with
a bottle of stamp
cleaner with a scrubber or roll-on applicator top. Apply
the cleaner directly to the stamp, and then scrub it off onto
a household sponge. Blot the stamp dry with a paper towel.
Another method of cleaning stamps is to rub
them over the surface of a damp sponge. A cellulose sponge
works best because it does not break down or "lint up" your
stamps. The sponge may be dampened with plain water, or a
drop or two of dish soap can be added. Keep the sponge in
a plastic container with a cover so it's ready at all times.
Occasionally rinse the sponge out in water. This method of
cleaning works well for water-soluble inks.
Alcohol-free baby wipes also work well for cleaning
S T A M P I N '
T I P S
If you will always be using the same color of ink with
a stamp, there is no need to clean it.
Learn the difference between "clean" and "stain-free".
Certain types of ink will stain the rubber die of your
ink, because of its superior quality, does not readily
come completely off the rubber surface of the stamp. Clean
the stamp as thoroughly as possible and do not be concerned
if a stain remains. It will not affect the stamping quality
of your stamp, and it can be used with any of the light
shades of ink, without polluting the next pad.
Reds, yellows and oranges can often be tapped away on
without further cleaning. You may also get rid of excess
ink this way
before cleaning a stamp.
Do not soak your rubber stamps in water to clean them.
It will loosen the adhesive.