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Old 08-19-2006, 02:49 PM   #1  
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Can any of you experienced stampers offer suggestions on how to clean an SU cleaning pad . . . if at all.
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Old 08-19-2006, 03:16 PM   #2  
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If you are referring to the Stampin' Scrub, I wipe it over with a baby wipe and it seems to work pretty well.
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You can pop out the pads and put in the top rack of your dishwasher however DO NOT let it go through the heat/dry cycle... pull it out before. It comes out real clean.
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Is it okay to soak the pads in a bleach and water solution?
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I pop out my pads from the base and I scrub it with dish soap. Some people put theirs on the top rack of the dishwasher on low heat. Hope this is what you needed.
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Hi,
I just put a couple of drops of dishwashing soap on the pad and rub it in with a little water then thoroughly rinse until water runs clear. Drain, then use paper towels to absorb the water.
In response to your first query, it might be that the pad needs to be cleaned and you are oversaturating the scrub pad with the mist??
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I just put a couple of drops of dishwashing soap on the pad and rub it in with a little water then thoroughly rinse until water runs clear. Drain, then use paper towels to absorb the water.
This is exactly what I do! (except I use a regular rag towel that I keep in my stamping area!).
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Rinse them out really really well and throw them into a load of dark clothes to wash. Do NOT dry in dryer.
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I just put a couple of drops of dishwashing soap on the pad and rub it in with a little water then thoroughly rinse until water runs clear. Drain, then use paper towels to absorb the water.
In response to your first query, it might be that the pad needs to be cleaned and you are oversaturating the scrub pad with the mist??

This is how I clean mine now too. I tried cleaning it in the dishwaher but it warped and distorted the pad so bad it doesn't fit back in right. Probably too hot of a temp.
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I put mine in the top rack of the dishwasher yesterday. I took it out before the heat/dry cycle and it is spotless. But, it was slightly curled at the edges so, I have some heavy items sitting on it to re-flaten it out...lol. Worked well for me though.
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You can pop out the pads and put in the top rack of your dishwasher however DO NOT let it go through the heat/dry cycle... pull it out before. It comes out real clean.
Sure wish I had read this yesterday instead of today. Anybody got any ideas for making them flat again?
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I also just put a couple drops of dish soap on it then rub it around and then rinse until the water is clear. I just let them drip dry in the dish drain. Works for me and they don't curl
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I use Tide on mine. I was using softsoap because it is in the bathroom and I was getting a film on it that would turn my stamps grey after I cleaned them. I realized it has something in it that isn't the best for it. Now, I just add a glob of Tide and scrub with my fingers. Works perfectly.
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Sure wish I had read this yesterday instead of today. Anybody got any ideas for making them flat again?
You might try placeing them in a cake pan, pouring boiling water over them and let them sit for a few minutes. Carefully remove them (use tongs) and pat dry. Wrap in paper towels and place under heavy books or such for a few days.

Also when did you purchase your scrub?
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Mine must have been WICKED dirty...I put them in the dishwasher the other day, and when I took them out....still dirty, then I scrubbed them with a scrub brush and some dishsoap, looked clean, for the most part, turned them upside down on paper towels on my counter , yeah, BIG mistake...they weren't completely clean, so the water that soaked into the paper towels was tinted in turn staining my already ugly old counter top. be careful where you place them to dry would be my advice

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You might try placeing them in a cake pan, pouring boiling water over them and let them sit for a few minutes. Carefully remove them (use tongs) and pat dry. Wrap in paper towels and place under heavy books or such for a few days.

Also when did you purchase your scrub?
Gosh, I've had it for a long time--at least a year. I just never tried putting it in the dishwasher to clean it before (wish I hadn't this time LOL). I'll try the boiling water and see what that does. Thanks.
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I love all the ideas for cleaning! Especially the easy ones where all you do is drop it in a dishwasher or clothes washer. I think I actually will try the clothes washer idea next so I don't have to worry about pulling it out before it gets to the dry cycle.

Thank you, everybody for your ideas and suggestions.

Just one more question though . . . How often do you clean your cleaning pad? How often is too often? How often is not enough?
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Just one more question though . . . How often do you clean your cleaning pad? How often is too often? How often is not enough?
Personally, I have more than one and trade off and do them all at once.

However, giving it a rinse after every stamping session would help, but might be a pain. So try this. If after you'd cleaned the stamp, stamp it on scratch paper. If it leaves a "shadow", it's time to clean your pads.

Also, stamp off as much ink as possible and use one side to "wash" and one side to "dry" see my post above.
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I just take mine to the sink and scrub it with my fingers and some dish soap.

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I did NOT have good luck with the dishwasher!!!! I used the top rack, no heat and my SU pad came out freyed and my corners are curled. I was so mad!! I have since ordered a new one which will NEVER see the likes of my dishwasher or washing machine!! I must have super hot water or something!!!! I just wash mine out by hand with a little dish soap now and let dry in the dish rack.
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I did NOT have good luck with the dishwasher!!!! I used the top rack, no heat and my SU pad came out freyed and my corners are curled. I was so mad!! I have since ordered a new one which will NEVER see the likes of my dishwasher or washing machine!! I must have super hot water or something!!!! I just wash mine out by hand with a little dish soap now and let dry in the dish rack.
when did you buy this? You can contact your demo and she might be able to get it exchaned. It should not have don't this.
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It was within the last year.
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So happy to have read this... I had been hesitant to clean my scrubber, but after reading this thread.. I went straight way and did it. I actually used Dawn first, but then I let it soak in bleach... much better now!!
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Thanks for the great advice. I'm just getting my first one going!
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If you use bleach, make sure you are vigilant about getting it rinse out completely - bleach could make the rubber brittle. I typically just wash it in the sink with some mild detergent, scrub it in with my nails, and rinse until it runs clean.
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Has anyone tried using shampoo? I know it works great when you are covered in inked tattoos, after a 5 year old starts to paly when you aren't looking...
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If I've only done a little stamping with lighter colored inks, I usually just wipe it with a doubled-over paper towel. Also, I try to remember to stamp off onto scrap paper so as little ink as possible is left on the stamp before scrubbing. Once in awhile, I use cardstock, just to see what interesting designs/colors I end up with - I may get a really nice background some day!

If I've used dark inks (or StazOn or Encore), I take the pads out of the case and run water over them. You can see the "dirt" come off. Then, I use whatever soap is in the dispenser (probably antibacterial, but the nice smelling shower gel types) and "lather, rinse, repeat" as if I were shampooing my hair.

Rinse really well and use paper towels to absorb excess water. If I'm finished stamping for the day, I might put them out on my deck to dry (I usually check them in an hour and they are dry). If it's nighttime (or winter or ...), I have shelves in my boiler room and I put them there. And it's across the hall from my craft room!
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