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Old 05-30-2008, 11:35 AM   #1  
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I'm new to clear stamps. I used stazon black ink to stamp a clear stamp and then tried to clean it with the stazon cleaner. The top surface of the stamp did get cleaned but there were black marks on the "side walls" (maybe this is what is called staining). Am I making sense? For cleaning, I daubed the cleaner onto the stamp and then pressed it onto a paper towel. I hate to see my stamp "dirt-ied" so can anybody please tell me what I should be doing to ultra-clean the stamp? Should I be using some other ink?
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Clear stamps have a propensity to staining, but using an ink like StazOn is pretty much guaranteed to stain it. I can get mine pretty clean using palette inks or dye-based inks and I use Hanna Stamps clear stamp cleaner (smells like pineapple!).
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Clear stamps have a propensity to staining, but using an ink like StazOn is pretty much guaranteed to stain it. I can get mine pretty clean using palette inks or dye-based inks and I use Hanna Stamps clear stamp cleaner (smells like pineapple!).
Do you think I can use the Vivid dye based ink instead?
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Do you think I can use the Vivid dye based ink instead?
They still will likely stain (especially with blacks and blues), that's the nature of the beast.
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Ultra Clean stamp cleaner is my absolute favorite. It was made specifically for clear stamps by a clear stamp manufacturer! It works like a charm on rubber too.
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are you cleaning with it on or off the block? taking it off the block may help you to get into the spaces you want to get into. if it's on the side of the stamp i don't understand why you couldn't just scrub there with some cleaner and the paper towel... maybe i'm not understanding right.
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I also recommend Ultra Clean by Stewart Superior - it gets Stazon off like a charm! However, your clear stamps will get stained. It doesn't hurt them or affect the stamped image as long as you've cleaned the stamp with a good cleaner.
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are you cleaning with it on or off the block? taking it off the block may help you to get into the spaces you want to get into. if it's on the side of the stamp i don't understand why you couldn't just scrub there with some cleaner and the paper towel... maybe i'm not understanding right.
Cleaning it off the block. It's a tiny sentiment stamp, so the inner walls are hard to get into. Though even the outer walls didn't get cleaned. I'll try again.
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You might also try a toothbrush to get into those tiny spaces.
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Where can you purchase Ultra clean? Is it only available online, I'm not a big online shopper. (I know still in the dark ages).

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Do you think I can use the Vivid dye based ink instead?
Vivid shouldn't stain them at all, since it's a 'water-wash-up' type ink. I've always just rinsed off my stamps with water when I've used Vivd, and I still use that ink occasionally--especially if I'm not going to color it.

I generally clean mine with baby wipes--and use UltraClean only if it's really dirty.

One think you might find with UltraClean is that it might cause your acrylic blocks to get little hairline cracks in them--almost a crackle type look. It doesn't affect them really, but I've had it happen to a few of my cheaper acrylic blocks. (Especially the Studio G blocks--they are really prone to it!)
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Where can you purchase Ultra clean? Is it only available online, I'm not a big online shopper. (I know still in the dark ages).

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I've seen UltraClean at Archivers.
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I've seen UltraClean at Archivers.
That's where I got mine. Also, I was using a water based cleaner and my acrylic blocks got hairline cracks in them - maybe some acrylic blocks are just not made too well. Mine are by Inkadinkadoo.
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I'm new to acrylic stamps as well and I use baby wipes too. I never thought to take them off the block to clean them though. That will help!
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Ultra Clean stamp cleaner is my absolute favorite. It was made specifically for clear stamps by a clear stamp manufacturer! It works like a charm on rubber too.

Ditto!
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Here's the link: http://www.eclecticpaperie.com/stsuulcl
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Don't know about Staz-On, but I use baby wipes to scrub VersaFine and VersaColor off my clear stamps and they look great! I think it is because I can get fingers into the nooks and crannies to get the gunk out... Whatever it is, it works for me!

I still use the regular spray and/or dauber cleaner with a scrubber pad for my rubber stamps.
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Cleaning it off the block. It's a tiny sentiment stamp, so the inner walls are hard to get into. Though even the outer walls didn't get cleaned. I'll try again.
don't worry about it too much. after all, a stained stamp is a loved stamp.
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Umm, just so you know, I've heard that you shouldn't use StazOn or any other ink of that nature (solvent) because it might damage the actual polymer. Some staining is inevitable I think, but chalk inks seem to be the worst. Dye ink should stain the least, pigment (and chalk) seems to work the best. I use a cleaner 'specially formulated for clear stamps from Ranger. Seems to work well for me.
http://www.rangerink.com/products/pr...erfectpoly.htm
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Thanks everybody for your suggestions!

Based on everybody's recommendation I ordered some pigment inks so hopefully they should be easy to clean.
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Umm, just so you know, I've heard that you shouldn't use StazOn or any other ink of that nature (solvent) because it might damage the actual polymer. Some staining is inevitable I think, but chalk inks seem to be the worst. Dye ink should stain the least, pigment (and chalk) seems to work the best. I use a cleaner 'specially formulated for clear stamps from Ranger. Seems to work well for me.
http://www.rangerink.com/products/pr...erfectpoly.htm
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You can use the inks if you clean them but not recommended to use the cleaner ... the cleaner can deteriate the stamp. Staining is impossible to prevent. But does not effect the stamping and shows you love and use your stamps.
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Yes, I've heard that Stazon is not for acrylic stamps either. It is great on rubber stamps though. On another web site it was said that diluted "Awesome" (from the Dollar Tree) and Simple Green work well too on clear stamps. Just spray and blot on one of those fabric towels. My local craft lady says she just uses baby wipes, no lanolin or alcohol. Everyone agrees that you can't stamp without staining. : (.
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do you use the stamping scrubber with your cleaner?
or do you just use the paper towel the scrubber is great with any cleaner;
CTMH has them and so does SU.
you can also get them at your LSS
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I just use the paper towel; trying to keep my supplies to a minimum and hence avoiding what I can!
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smriti, i really think the scrubbing pad would help to keep your stamps a lot cleaner! don't know what i'd do without mine. if you don't wanna shell out big bucks, there's no need to. simply pick up a package of 2 paint edgers. you can find these at walmart (some have said the dollar store) really cheap. then just adhere them to any smooth non-porous surface. a lot of people use cd cases (one edger on each side when you open it) i think everyone is using hot glue to adhere them. really it will make a world of difference in keeping your stamps clean!
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Hi Rachel, if you feel so strongly about a scrubbing pad then maybe I can use my next M's coupon on it and give it a try!
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i don't think you'll regret it!
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You can use the inks if you clean them but not recommended to use the cleaner ... the cleaner can deteriate the stamp. Staining is impossible to prevent. But does not effect the stamping and shows you love and use your stamps.
Ditto, it's NOT the ink, it's the StazOn CLEANER that breaks down the polymer in the stamps. Scroll down and look for the bottle of StazOn Cleaner and read next to it. Also note that Ranger makes a special cleaner for clear stamps. http://www..com/Cleaning
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I've been using the Colorbox pigment inks with my clear stamps now and the cleaning is easy as a breeze!
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