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Old 07-07-2006, 11:07 AM   #1  
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I'm starting to hate the CTMH stamps that I have... It's a pain to clean them. Any suggestions.. I'm about ready to sell them...I'm all about easy cleaning and this ain't goin that easy.

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Old 07-07-2006, 11:09 AM   #2  
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I hear that the Ultra Clean stamp cleaner is pretty awesome....

But I've also heard that clear stamps stain really badly sometimes too...
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With ALL stamps there will be some staining. Reds, purples and blacks do leave a stain almost instantly. I would suggest a mild dishsoap and warm water, rinse and let air dry - there will be some color residue but, it should help.
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I'm starting to hate the CTMH stamps that I have... It's a pain to clean them. Any suggestions.. I'm about ready to sell them...I'm all about easy cleaning and this ain't goin that easy.

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Hmmm, not sure what I should say (crazycatstamper - hope you're reading this) CTMH does sell a spritz bottle that is a stamp cleaner for the MY ACRYLIX stamps. They say the formula of the cleaner changed, but frankly I think it's all the same stuff.

The MY ACRYLIX will stain and once it's PINK or RED or whatever color - it's there to stay. So, if you don't like staining on the rubber/stamp part - then maybe they aren't for you. I agree I sold all my sets - I LOVE WOOD STAMPS - - I kept two acrylic sets. I don't like the fact that if you're mass producing cards for a swap - you basically need two sets of EVERY BLOCK - - otherwise, you're spending most of your time "peeling on and off".

However, if you love the fact that the clear stamps helps you position your image - -then GO FOR IT !! Everyone has their own opinon - - - mine is, I started 10 years ago with wood and I will continue and that's why I'm with SU.
I like CTMH designs though.
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Well that's why I'm thinking that the TAC would be ideal... because I like the clear positioning but I hate the acrylic stamps...so we'll see
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I hear you! I bought 2 sets a couple of years ago. Never could get a decent print, never could get the ink off, and now they have turned to the consistency of warm chewed gum. They have been stored only in the original container in a drawer in a cool place.
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I hear you! I bought 2 sets a couple of years ago. Never could get a decent print, never could get the ink off, and now they have turned to the consistency of warm chewed gum. They have been stored only in the original container in a drawer in a cool place.

I have a customer with a similar problem - it seems that the gummy ones weren't cured properly - you can try to get ahold of your demo and see if they can be replaced - it probally has been too long to get a refund.

To get a good print with CTMH stamps, place the foam piece that comes with each stamp set underneath the project in order to give it the same "give" a wood mounted set has. Just so you know
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I have many sets of both and while they are different, I can still work with them. My CTMH stamps have stained, but they still work good and they cost less and I like the designs. My SU stamps stain a little too, especially with the black and my wood gets stained, but I like the wood stamps and the designs.

If all the designs I liked came from one company, I would probably only have one kind, I have learned not to get too worried about the staining as long as they still stamp good, it's ok for me.

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Alle Rednic, I agree with you. Like I said in the other thread about CTMH, I have lots of both kinds, and have no trouble with any of them. CTMH stamps are easy to clean with their spritz or SU, but most times, I just use warm water (and soap if it needs it). Some stain, some don't. Don't press too hard.


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I don't like the fact that if you're mass producing cards for a swap - you basically need two sets of EVERY BLOCK - - otherwise, you're spending most of your time "peeling on and off".
When I'm mass producing, instead of mounting and unmounting, or needing 2 blocks, I mount on both sides of the block. If I have a small image that I also need, I mount it on the end of the block. Saves all that peeling on and off!

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I found out using one of those Mr Clean Magic Erasers on my acrylic blocks got Staz-on off them so I thought I'd try an acrlic stamp that was badly stained with black Staz-on and it worked! It left a light grey stain but it's still see through and so much cleaner now!
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As long as there is no ink left on the image then that is clean for me. I don't think I understand why the acrylic stamps need to be scrubbed so much as in the OP; I just dab mine on a damp rag then a dry one, and if I am worried I will test stamp on a piece of scrap paper to see if there is ink stamping off, and if not then life is good!
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Great idea!! Never thought of that. Sometimes the simpliest things just don't come to mind.

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Mel- they don't *need* to be, I was just suggesting this if it bugs you that they are stained. Most of the time I don't mind but some stamps (rubber included) of mine just get so bad I want to get them cleaner. I think of my stamps as tools and if it's stained that means it's well loved But I know some people are anal about keeping them clean too
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