Stamps are made to make our lives a lot easier. Common stamps seals help us spread brand awareness. Date and number stamps lessen the burden of writing specific dates and numbers over and over again. Custom made stamps help teachers and other professionals with managing and organising tasks. With us using stamps every day, the chances of your stamps building up dirt, and giving us unclear impressions are high.

Why Clean Your Stamps Properly?

Proper cleaning and storing your stamps preserves the quality of the impressions made by the stamps. And although a rubber stamp made for your business alone does not cost that much, it’s never wise to just leave a stamp lying around the corner. If your stamp is not correctly kept, the chance of you losing your stamp is high. Plus, specks of dust may start to build up along the tiny corners of your stamp’s design which will affect the impressions on your stamps. From clear impressions into something imprecise and sometimes, even untidy.

Rubber Stamps

If your stamp is mounted on a wood, the best thing for you to do before you keep/ store the stamp is to clean off the ink residue from your stamp. You can do this by stamping the rubber stamp on the surface of a scrap paper repeatedly until the ink from the stamp is no longer visible on the paper.

However, if you still think that your rubber stamp is not clean enough, you can either choose to buy a rubber stamp cleaning solution. Or you can just use the alternative simple stamp cleaner (a mix of water and gentle dishwashing soap) to clean your stamp.

How to Clean Your Rubber Stamp?

Materials You Need:

  • Spritz Bottle (for a DIY Stamp Cleaning Solution)
  • Dishwashing Soap (for a DIY Stamp Cleaning Solution)
  • Water (for a DIY Stamp Cleaning Solution)
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Paper Towel
  • Scrap Paper
  • Rubber Stamp to be Cleaned

Step 1: Prepare the Cleaning Solution for Your Stamp

You can choose to buy a ready-made cleaning solution online or at a craft shop in your place. You can also make your own simple cleaning solution. Just add a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a cup of water. Then pour the solution to a spritz bottle.

Step 2: Apply the Solution to Your Stamp

Spray the cleaning solution to your rubber stamp, then using a dry paper towel or a clean dishcloth, remove the residual ink on your rubber stamp.

Step 3: Rinse-Off (ONLY for those who used the DIY Cleaning Solution)

If you bought a cleaning solution online or from a craft shop in your place, skip this step and do Step 4. However, if you used the simple cleaning solution, you need to rinse your stamp using clean water.

Step 4: Allow Stamp To Dry

Allow your stamp to dry before storing it back its container.

Self Inking Stamps

So, how do you know your self-inking stamp needs a good cleaning or needs to be re-inked? If your stamp’s impressions aren’t as clear as they used to be, missing some spots here and there, then you need to either clean your stamp or get the ink pad replaced.

Every time you make an impression on a paper or any surfaces bits of ink residue are stuck around the corner of your stamp. This residues build up around the tiny corner of your stamp and affects significantly on the clarity of the impressions made by your self-inking stamp. So,  if the impressions made by your self-inking stamp is no longer very clear. There are two things that you can do. It’s either clean your stamp or replace the ink pad.

How To Clean Self Inking Stamps?

Materials You’ll Need:

  • DIY Stamp Cleaning Solution (a mix of dishwashing soap and water)
  • Toothbrush (Preferably the one you’re not to use again)
  • Paper Towels
  • Scrap Paper
  • Self Inking Stamp To Be Cleaned

Step 1: Remove the Inkpad

You have to be extra careful for this step to make sure the ink pad will be back in its place without a hitch.

  1. Push down the stamp over the scrap paper until you hear a ‘click’ sound.
  2. Hold stamp near the tip of the stamp cover using your thumb and index finger.
  3. Push in, then pull the cover of the stamp up until you hear a ‘click’ sound.
  4. Once you see the ink pad, push the middle of the pad until it detaches from the inked stamp.

Step 2: Remove the Residual Ink

Just like rubber stamps, inks from self-inking stamps stick on your stamp. Grab a piece of your scrap paper and stamp the residual ink from the stamp until the impression is no longer visible.

Step 3: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

Add a few drops of dishwashing soap on water and mix the solution.

Step 4: Prepare the Toothbrush

Dip the toothbrush on the cleaning solution then tap the toothbrush on the lid of the container where you placed your cleaning solution. You don’t want your brush to be too wet.

Step 5: Clean your stamp

Now it’s time for you to brush the ink from your self-inking stamp away. Lay out your Paper Towels on a surface then start brushing your stamp. You have to make sure you don’t brush the stamp forth and back or you’ll get inks all over your shirt/ face. To avoid this, just brush to the direction of your paper towel. Do this repeatedly until the inks are removed from the stamp.

Step 6: Dry Your Stamp

Dry your self-inking stamp using paper towels.

Step 7: Return the Ink Pad to the Stamp

After drying your stamp, return the inking pad. Just like what you did on during the Step 1. Open the lid, however this time, you’ll insert the ink pad back to the self-inking stamp. Then try stamping on the scrap paper.

If the results are still not satisfying, maybe it’s time for you to change your ink pad. You can buy ink pads for self-inking stamps online. Just do Step 1 and Step 7 to replace the ink pad.  

Final Thoughts

These stamps help us organise things and finish things faster and over time stamps accumulate dirt. Cleaning your stamp and storing them properly helps extend the usability of your stamps. So whether you’re using a rubber stamp or a self-inking stamp, make sure you take good care of your stamp.