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Old 01-12-2005, 07:54 PM   #1  
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I need to pick all of your brains. How do you clean these without tearing them to pieces. Any suggestions?? Thanks, Edee
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You can clean them?? Actually, I used to sort of wipe sponges on paper til the color was mostly gone, then I'd reuse them for similar shades. This past summer, though, I decided to order a pack of daubers on each order til I had one for each of SU!'s 48 colors. I still have some I haven't used yet, but as I use one, I label it.

I'm curious if anyone else cleans theirs!!!
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I agree with what Stampin Wrose says too about the daubers...this has worked great for me!

I buy the SU sponges, and cut them up into smaller managable pieces and when they need to be cleaned, I stick them in the dishwasher silverware holder (the part where the little lid will snap down) and clean them with a load of dishes---works great!!
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I rinse mine out in the sink. I haven't had any fall apart on me!

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I put a dab of dishwashing soap ... or whatever soap I have around ... on them and a little water. I smoosh them until the color stops coming out and let them dry. None have fallen apart and my colors don't invade each other. They do stain, though. No big deal.

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I didn't know you could clean them, I'll have to try this. I always cut them into smaller pieces, then toss when they get really bad.
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Yes you can clean them. I soak them for a couple of minutes in laundry or dishwashing detergent and then rub them on a scrub pad until there's no color left. Then just rinse them under cold water. That's funny cause I just cleaned about 20 of them and was wondering if anyone else had an easier way to do it.
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I like the idea about labeling the daubers. I will have to do that. I have only used 5 so far, so I know which colors I have used with them.
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I can't believe I never thought to try to wash a sponge. Duh.

You know how I said I decided to order one pack of daubers on my next four orders? Well, I didn't quite. I did it three times, and had 36 daubers rattling around! I've probably used about a dozen - but still, I figured that last 12 can wait. LOL
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I usually wash mine after I am done stamping for the day, then by the next time I need them they will be dry!!! I also cut all my sponges into 4 parts and then I have more sponges for different colors!!
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Has anyone tried to run tem thru the dish washer? I cut my round sponges into 1/4ths and then I use all three sides of each.
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I have run mine through the dishwasher quite a bit and there is no falling apart. (The sponges that is, I haven't tried it with the daubers.)
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Well...I actually have a wedge of sponge for each of our 48 colors. Each sponge gets cut into 8 wedges, so you only need 2 packages of 3 to have one for every color. I write the color name on the side with a Sharpie and store them in a car garage. My upline does this and when she showed me her car garage full of sponges I thought she was nuts at first, but after I started sponging things I decided it was a great idea!

I have also started keeping a sponge dauber for each color in the garage with the sponges, but since they are more expensive, I only have been doing this as I have needed them. I'm still trying to decide how to mark the color names on the side!
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I still have the original dozen daubers I started with 3 years ago. When I am finished with the colors I am using I rub them on a damp paper towel until the color no longer comes out, then I let them dry, and they're good to go the next time I need them.
With the sponges, I squeeze them out under running water in the sink and let them dry. They are stained, but last a very long time.
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I have started buying daubers 1 for each SU Color. They store well in the channel boxes that the alphabets come in now. I use my label maker and make the font smaller then print a label and attach it to the side. For the sponges I do cut mine down too. It's much easier to handle.

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I actually like to wash my sponges with soap and water BEFORE I use them for the first time! It gets rid of stiffness from the manufacturing process, and lets them pick up a lot more ink without having to smoosh them really hard into the ink pad. I decided to do this after my new sponges didn't grab nearly as much ink as my demo's sponges that we used at a workshop. A little hand soap and water, and presto!
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You know those file folder tab labels? With the colored stripe on top? I cut those in about half, write the color on, and stick it onto the dauber.

I too cut my sponges.

I got the daubers for a slightly different effect than the sponges. I really love the "Poppin Pastels" technique - where you stamp in Versamark and then use a dauber on chalk and put it on top of the Versamark... it gives a cleaner look than sponges. You CAN use sponges for it, but after I tried it with daubers, I decided to get them for just that.

Sponges have their own special uses though!
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I have a friend who runs her Daubers through the dishwasher, they come out clean, and look new. No falling apart! So I have to try that when I use mine. I have so many I haven't had to wash them yet.
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How about the sponge brayer??? Same way of cleaning it??

I have had one for, probably, 3 years and never used it because I didn't think I would be able to get alllllll the color out!!!

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There's another thread going about brayers - I just run my sponge brayer under running water til it runs clear.
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Thanks for the info!!
Where is the brayer thread running???

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I use "Pink Soap" . You can also use it for brushes, etc. It takes almost everything out. You can find it at craft stores in the art section.

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I actually like to wash my sponges with soap and water BEFORE I use them for the first time! It gets rid of stiffness from the manufacturing process, and lets them pick up a lot more ink without having to smoosh them really hard into the ink pad. I decided to do this after my new sponges didn't grab nearly as much ink as my demo's sponges that we used at a workshop. A little hand soap and water, and presto!
Great tip! Thanks!
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