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Old 05-24-2007, 11:00 AM   #1  
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I ruined my stamps

I think I ruined my sets. I put all my acrylic stamps in hot soapy water because they were so dirty I had tried Ultra clean and that didnt work well and so I soaked them. Now they are not clear they are foggy and I cant see through them. Do you have any suggestions how to fix this? Please help
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:16 AM   #2  
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Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry! I hope you can get them fixed soon!!

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Are they 'dry' all the way? I'm wondering if the acrylic absorbed so much moisture from being soaked that they are foggy. They may be foggy but if the image still stamps okay, then all is not lost.
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I only have the acrylics from Paper Trey but they say that they can be washed in warm soapy water...I hope your are ok!
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Try air drying them, that's the only thing I can think of. They should still stamp ok
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what is ultra clean? Sounds to me like that did it. Check with the manufacturer, but I don't think it's reversable. They should still stamp just fine.
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That's just the nature of the beast to go foggy that way. They'll clear up in a little while. Don't worry, they're OK!
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That's just the nature of the beast to go foggy that way. They'll clear up in a little while. Don't worry, they're OK!
Do they become foggy because they were wet? They clear up when they are completely dry?
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what is ultra clean? Sounds to me like that did it. Check with the manufacturer, but I don't think it's reversable. They should still stamp just fine.
Ultra Clean is a stamp cleaner and conditioner. I've never had it turn any of my clear stamps foggy, regardless of the stamp manufacturer.

Does the fogginess appear to be on the surface of the stamp or is it all the way through?
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Ultra Clean is a stamp cleaner and conditioner. I've never had it turn any of my clear stamps foggy, regardless of the stamp manufacturer.

Does the fogginess appear to be on the surface of the stamp or is it all the way through?
It just seems to be on the surface.
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Do they become foggy because they were wet? They clear up when they are completely dry?
OK - i know this probably isn't the same thing, but... I don't have a diswasher, so sometimes (ok, ok, LOTS of times), I have a water filled sink with dishes waiting to be washed. If I leave them too long, the clear polymer-like protector in the bottom of my sink gets 'foggy'. It clears up after a while. I think it's just water logged.

I'm thinking your stamps will be fine - just let them airdry a little longer.
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OK - i know this probably isn't the same thing, but... I don't have a diswasher, so sometimes (ok, ok, LOTS of times), I have a water filled sink with dishes waiting to be washed. If I leave them too long, the clear polymer-like protector in the bottom of my sink gets 'foggy'. It clears up after a while. I think it's just water logged.

I'm thinking your stamps will be fine - just let them airdry a little longer.
Ok I will do that. Thanks guys I was in tears thinking I ruined them.
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Check Nichole Heady's blog (you can get there via Papertrey); her most recent entry talks about cleaning her stamps and that she soaks them every once in a while! You might feel better after reading her advice!
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I checked with my local stamp gal at my local stamp shop. She said on acrylic stamps, you do not use any stamp cleaner (especially the ultra clean). She said just soap and water. Maybe the stamps are foggy because they are no thoroughly dry. Anyways, I thought I would just pass that on to you!
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What kind of soap did you use? The original blue Dawn is the best to use. Avoid any antibacterial or ones that have lotion.
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I have had this happen once when I used an odd dish soap...the stamps never were perfectly clear again until I rewashed them with Ultra Clean and let them dry out.....don't worry Sarah... all is not lost...and just a quick point...I have used Ultra Clean for over a year now and all of my stamps are as clean as they can be!
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I too have used stamp cleaners on my acrylix for a few years now and have had no problems whatsoever
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I think they will clear up, Natalia's paci's get like that when I soak them for a long time. They just probally need a few days to dry out.
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I have had this happen once when I used an odd dish soap...the stamps never were perfectly clear again until I rewashed them with Ultra Clean and let them dry out.....don't worry Sarah... all is not lost...and just a quick point...I have used Ultra Clean for over a year now and all of my stamps are as clean as they can be!
I will try re washing them with the Ultra Clean. Thanks Keri

Also they are not sticking to my blocks, should I wait a few days and try again?
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i just bought the BEST cleaner for photo-polymer stamps by ranger.. it's AMAZING!!! lookie here:

http://www.rangerink.com/product_per...lycleaner.html
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Ok everyone all is right with the world again. I cleaned them with Ultra Clean and dried them on a towel. Thanks so much Kim for saving me. LOL.
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I think Keri was right there with me...great minds think alike!
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She said on acrylic stamps, you do not use any stamp cleaner (especially the ultra clean).
All respect to your LSS staffer, but Ultra Clean is made for use on photopolymer stamps by Stewart Superior, the leading photopolymer stamp manufacturer in North America.
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I think Keri was right there with me...great minds think alike!
Oh I forgot about Keri, where would I be without you too.
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All respect to your LSS staffer, but Ultra Clean is made for use on photopolymer stamps by Stewart Superior, the leading photopolymer stamp manufacturer in North America.
Yesterday I was in a store that is moving from wood stamps to all clear stamps, slowly. She said they will sell only Ultra Clean as it is designed for all stamps but particularly for clear stamps.
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Oh I forgot about Keri, where would I be without you too.
You forgot about me??? ( off to cry )

Just kidding!!!


I am so glad that all is well with them now...I remember when it happened to me I was sick with fear I had ruined an ENTIRE SET!!!
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HI KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need to talk to you! LOL Maybe I will see you in FL?
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Yesterday I was in a store that is moving from wood stamps to all clear stamps, slowly. She said they will sell only Ultra Clean as it is designed for all stamps but particularly for clear stamps.
It is true...Ultra Clean is wonderful for clear stamps as well as red rubber...and NEVER have I seen a cleaner work better for solvent inks like STAZON!!!!
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well, if you're desperate to be able to see the image you're stamping, you could always stamp them on scrap paper with stazon and then wait before cleaning them, so that the black ink will stay on the image and you might be able to see it better through the foggy plastic. that's all i can think of if they don't clear up.
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You can/should use a cleaner made for stamps on your clear stamps, soap and water is fine sometimes, mostly to restore the cling, but probably shouldn't be used daily. If you do used soap and water do not let your stamps soak for too long in the water, just rinse them, or they can absorbe too much water and get mushy and cloudy.
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It is true...Ultra Clean is wonderful for clear stamps as well as red rubber...and NEVER have I seen a cleaner work better for solvent inks like STAZON!!!!
THANK YOU, RICK!!!!

Thanks to you, gazillions of rubbah luvvahs all ovaaah the world are so haaaaappppppppyyy!!!


(He's the chem guy at Stewart that developed Ultra Clean!)

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THANK YOU, RICK!!!!

Thanks to you, gazillions of rubbah luvvahs all ovaaah the world are so haaaaappppppppyyy!!!


(He's the chem guy at Stewart that developed Ultra Clean!)

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Ok.....got a chuckle here. Did any of you ever think we would get so excited about any kind of a cleaner? Miss Julie you crack me up
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I have used stamp cleaner, soap and water (on the stamps only, not blocks), and plain water from a spray gun to clean my CTMH stamps. I've never had any problems.

If you have acrylic blocks, those are probably more fragile than the stamps. Using a cleaner with alcohol on your blocks may cause them to get hairline cracks over time. On another note . . .I've run my blocks through the dishwasher (on the top rack) with no problems. They get sparkly clean.
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It is true...Ultra Clean is wonderful for clear stamps as well as red rubber...and NEVER have I seen a cleaner work better for solvent inks like STAZON!!!!
Now addding Ultra Clean to my list of "things I need"!!!
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Ok.....got a chuckle here. Did any of you ever think we would get so excited about any kind of a cleaner? Miss Julie you crack me up
Heck no, Jeanne! I have yet to find a household cleaner that impresses me as much as Ultra Clean!




'course, I do avoid housework by stamping as much as possible, bein' that "housework makes ya' ugly", and whatnot. bwah hahahaaaaaaaaaa!
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It is true...Ultra Clean is something that EVERY stamper should own...


And Julie - if housework makes you ugly does the lack of doing it make you beautiful??? If so....Here comes AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL!!!!!!! LOL
Just kidding....I do keep house pretty well I guess......I mean shoot I can see that I have tile and wood floors!!!
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