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Old 02-21-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone (first off I apologize if I put this ? in the wrong area!). I am a newbie and was wondering what is the best way to clean my stamp. Are there other methods besides buying a stamp cleaner? Thanks in advanced!!!
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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when i started stamping i used baby wipes.

this method works... but i always had ink all over me.

it didn't take long before i just broke down and bought the stamp n scrub.

you won't regret it!

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Old 02-21-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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I agree...a stamp scrub and rubber stamp spray cleaner is the way to go. I like the Ranger rubber stamp spray cleaner. It smells like bubble gum and cleans well. You just spritz the cleaner on top the stamp scrub a few times, take your stamp and scrub it back and forth one way and then the other way and I always set my stamps face up (sitting on the wood mount) to dry properly. And when the stamp scrub pad gets dirty, I just take it out of it's little box, and take it to the sink and wash it with a little dawn liquid soap or softsoap and water and let dry/air out overnight. It keeps the cleaning process neater. Hope that helps...
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:35 PM   #4
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Baby wipes are awsome, but I agree, you do get ink on your hands as a result. Rubber gloves alleviates this though... or get used to ink on your fingers LoL

You can use a stack of paper towels dampened with water, but it is not a good idea to do this for a long period of time. The cleaners both clean and condition your stamps and are designed not to dry them out like water would over time.

IF you use baby wipes, do not use antibacterial or a brand that contains alcohol. The best kind to use contain Vitamin A and Aloe.

Even with a stamp cleaner and scrub, I still pull out the baby wipes for my brayer, background stamps and Stazon ink.

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Since i seem to be up to my elbows in dirty baby wipes from cleaning my baby all day I like the stamp 'n scrub!
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:42 PM   #6
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If you are watching pennies, I can tell you that I went for a good many years just using water and a towel, lol! I used an old jelly roll pan (like a cookie sheet only with short sides) and put a wet folded towel on one end and a dry one on the other end. Scrub the stamp on the wet, then on the dry and you're done.

This works great on dye inks, pigment inks if you wash right away, but not on solvent (permanent) inks.
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