Sunday, November 21

5 Simple Stamp Cleaning Ideas

 4 Simple Way to Clean Stamps 

Hi Crafty peeps!
We all know it's always best to clean your stamps as soon as you can after use. However when we are in our crafty groove, it's often easy to forget to do this. I find it easy just to grab a baby wipe while I'm working. However there are plenty of other ways to clean stamps when you wish to remove the ink from them.

Method 1: Detergent, water and a sponge.

One way which is very simple and easy, is with a sponge, dish detergent and water.  A cellulose sponge works best because it does not break down or lint up your stamps. Just dampen the sponge with detergent / water mixture. This method works well with water soluble inks. You can also substitute the sponge for an old toothbrush. Don't scrub too hard though.

Note 1: 
Do not use soap and water with wood-mounted rubber stamps, because it will loosen the adhesive. 

Method 2: Stamp Cleaning Pads

The second way is to use a stamp cleaner like the one below.  This stamp cleaner comes in a handy plastic case. Open the case and there is a fuzzy material inside - one side is for cleaning the stamps and the other is for drying the newly cleaned stamp. The cleaner pad can be removed and washed. The case measures 7 1/2"x4 1/2". This particular Stamp Cleaner Pad Brand is from Hampton Art. 
Hampton Art Double Sided Stamp Scrubber at Scrap of Your Life
Hampton Art Stamp Scrubber.

There are other variations of the Hampton Cleaning Pad such as the Ranger Inkssentials Rub-It Scrub-It Rubber Stamp Cleaning Pad.  This is perfect for cleaning stamps, texturizing tools, brayers and more. It;s touch enough to clean deeply etched surfaces and gentle on both rubber and polymer stamps. Easy to wash with soap and water. Plus it's a larger size than some of the others measuring 6 x 6 inches. 

Ranger Inkssentials Stamp Cleaning Pad 6 x 6 at Scrap of Your Life
Ranger Inkssentials Stamp Cleaning Pad 6 x 6 

Method 3: Liquid Stamp Cleaners

How about some Bubble Gum scented stamp cleaner? This bubble gum scented, water-based cleaner in a spray bottle for easy cleaning of hands and stamps stained with dye ink. Its Child Safe and Non Toxic. Ranger Stamp Cleaning Solution.

Some ink pads can stain your stamps. StazOn ink for example, really does 'stay on'. That’s no big deal - just clean off what you can and let the stamp dry. It won’t ruin your stamp it may just stain it. However, if you like cleanish stamps then StazOn Cleaner will do just the trick.

Another liquid stamp cleaning product is from Nuvo. This stamping solution will clean a variety of inks including pigment, hybrid and dye based. It comes in an easy to use spray bottle and is great for cleaning fine stamps with tiny grooves. 

StazOn All-Purpose Cleaner 2oz SprayRanger Water Based Stamp Cleaner BubblegumNuvo Stamp Cleaning Liquid at Scrap of Your Life

Method 4:Baby Wipes.

The quickest and easiest way to clean your wood stamps is with alcohol-free and aloe-free baby wipes. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and come in big packs, you can also use wipes of course many other ways, such as mixed media projects, wiping down your work space etc. However in consideration of the environment  you can substitute the wipes with a simple spray bottle of water and several small cloths. If you need a stronger cleaner try 1 part baby shampoo and 10 parts water works just as well as wipes. Speaking of cloths, the last method is cleaning cloths, and how cute is this one from Taylored Expressions

Method 5: Cleaning Cloths:

The Taylored Expression Stamp Cleaning Cloth is a micro suede cloth that is perfect for getting your stamps squeaky clean with adorable style! Use it with the Stamp cleaner to get rid of even the most stubborn stains on your stamps. You can hang up the cloth in between cleanings in an easy to reach spot in your craft area with the attached ring. The cloth is machine washable, but certain inks may still leave a residue
Taylored Expressions Cleaning Cloth

Another cool reusable cloth is the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy. This is a reusable cleaning cloth and no special solution is needed, just add water to thoroughly hydrate the cloth and then wipe your stamps for a perfect clean. 

Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy At Scrap of Your Life

Note 2: Do not use acetone, bleach or any other oil based cleaner for either acrylic or wood mounted stamps. 
When it comes to stamp cleaning I find applying a bit of both ways is probably better for your stamps, and again it can depend on inks and the type of stamp you are using. Using a chemical cleaning over a long period of time may damaged your stamps. Also, just a reminder to read the cleaning instructions on whatever product you are using. 
I hope you found this helpful. Let me know how you like to clean your stamps in the comments. 
Happy Stamping 
Til next time



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