Stamps are used in scrapbooking, decorating, labeling or marking the date on things. Ink stamps come in various designs and styles, which can be used for a variety of projects.
You need to keep these clean, as the ink can build up and cause your stamps to get dirty. You especially need to clean up ink stains if you change ink colors so as not to transfer your old ink onto something else you are stamping.
The following guidelines will help you keep your regular hand held rubber ink stamps clean. These steps are not meant for self-inking stamp pads, which come with their own built in inkpads.
Keep your hands and ink stamps clean with these simple steps.
- Take out excess ink off the stamps by pressing them down several times on a piece of paper. Take off as much ink as you can to make cleaning easier.
- Use alcohol free baby wipes. These can be used immediately after stamping to prevent the build up of ink on your rubber stamps. Just get a piece of disposable baby wipes and rub it around the rubber surface of the stamp. You should see the excess ink transfer to the baby wipe. This is the gentlest and most convenient way to clean your stamps.
- After using your stamps, wipe them down regularly to prevent buildup. Keep paper towels, a water squirt bottle and old toothbrush handy. Squirt a little water on the rubber pad of the stamp and wipe it down. Use a toothbrush to get to the little nooks and crevices to really get the ink out.
- For really stubborn ink stains, give your rubber stamps a bath. Prepare a small shallow basin and fill with hot water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Place the stamp, rubber side down and let it soak for a few minutes. Do not submerge the handle of the stamp. Soaking will loosen up dried up ink. Gently scrub the rubber stamp with a soft toothbrush. Dry the stamp by wiping it with a clean paper towel or cloth then air dry.
- Don’t leave your stamp resting on the ink pad. The stamps will absorb ink and stain it.
- If you are stamping a lot of things, have a small plate with a wet towel and rest your rubber stamp on it to immediately rinse out any ink. Just be sure to wipe any excess water with a paper towel before using it again.
- Consider using a stamp cleaner. There are stamp cleaning solutions, cleaning pads and rubber scrubbers which are specifically designed to clean out ink from rubber stamps. These can be purchased at craft stores or stamp stores and are relatively inexpensive.
Clean your rubber ink stamps regularly and store them properly. Remember that if you use cloth to wipe your stamps, it will stain so use only old rags you don’t mind staining with ink. Cleaning ink stamps only takes a few minutes and is inexpensive and easy to do.