How do I clean my stamps?

To get the most out of the investment in your stamps and to get a great stamped image, your stamps should be cleaned as soon as possible after use.  Firstly make sure you use the correct cleaner for the ink you used. 

Water-based ink, such as the Classic or Craft Stampin' Pads, can be cleaned up using a water-based cleaning solution, like  Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, or water.  For solvent inks, you will need a specialized cleaning product to match.

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Foam Mounted Rubber Stamps

To clean foam mounted rubber stamps you should never submerse them or run them under water.  The foam mount (the grey foam between the wooden block and rubber image) should not be saturated or it may distort and ruin your stamp.  Using a proper cleaning solution for your rubber stamps will keep them in good condition. 

Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner are a great partnership for cleaning water-based ink from your rubber stamps.  Stampin' Mist is a cleaning fluid that comes in a spray bottle and is specially formulated to clean and condition your rubber stamps.  Lightly spray one pad of the Stampin' Scrub with Stampin' Mist and leave the other dry.  For best results, do not over-saturate the pad.  Scrub your stamp on the damp pad, then rub it on the dry pad to remove any leftover ink and moisture.

You can also clean stamps by gently using wet wipes and patting dry.  If you are using wet wipes to clean your stamps then ensure that they are not alcohol-based.

Another alternative is to use a damp sponge.  Wet the sponge, wring it out as much as you can and place it on a plate or tray.  Gently clean your stamps on the sponge and pat dry.

Photopolymer Stamps

It is recommended that you clean your photopolymer stamps as soon as possible to reduce staining.  Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner are a great partnership for thoroughly cleaning water-based ink from your photopolymer stamps (see directions above). 

Photopolymer stamps do not have a foam mount, the stamps adhere directly to a clear block.  That means that water-based ink can also be cleaned off your photopolymer stamps by running them under water. 

Solvent-based inks and their associated cleaning products can damage your photopolymer stamps. 

If your photopolymer stamps ever get dusty or lose their stickiness, you can wash them in mild soap and water.