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Old 11-25-2019, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default stamp cleaner that cleans

Right now i have the judikin stamp cleaner and I'm unhappy with it, especially when i use embossing or pigment inks. i feel like some of the product stays on the stamps even after i've rubbed & scrubbed. what regular cleaner really cleans stamps? thanks!
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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This one works well for pigment inks (I hear you on the residue): Hero Arts ULTRA CLEAN Stamp Cleaner nk202 at Simon Says STAMP!

I stamp off as much as I can, then use a microfiber cloth (Zwipes) with UltraClean to get it pretty again...
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:19 PM   #3
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I finally made my own using a recipe I found here at SCS. I can't locate it now to link it for you. It uses a gentle soap, glycerin, and distilled water. You can add essential oil in a fragrance of your choice.

Prior to making my own, I have used Hero Arts and Gina K Designs. They are the same color, same odor, work the same, so must be from the sale manufacturer.
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Old 11-25-2019, 01:37 PM   #4
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I found a thread with the recipe I used: Recipe for Stamp Cleaner - Splitcoaststampers

I use it in a container with an old wash cloth, that I pour the cleaner on. Scrub my stamp, then press the stamp on a microfiber cloth to make sure it is clean and dry. It works well for those hard to get out stains. Most of the time I use an Absorber, but sometimes they need more help.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:43 PM   #5
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I will use a little bit of DAWN extra-strength and Murphy's oil soap each in separate spray bottles. They get the job done.
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I use either dawn or Suave coconut oil shampoo (recommended here long ago and works great!) with a toothbrush...that's on the stubborn craft ink/versamark ink.

As for dye ink, I try to take them to the sink right away and run them under water. That's usually all they need. If I have waited a long time or the ink is stubborn I use my other method above.
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This came from Tim Holtz himself- Hand Sanitiser! I've used it and it shifts anything, even Staz-on. Just make sure to wash your stamps after, to remove any residue.
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:15 AM   #8
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I've always used the Stampin Up scrubber along with the Stamping Mist........sometimes I wipe the stamps with a baby wipe first. I clean them as soon as I am finished with them and most of my stamps still look new. The Stamping Mist also conditions them......although I must confess they changed the scent of it a few years ago and I don't care for it much at all. I use a baby wipe and then water on my photopolymer stamps.
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This one works well for pigment inks (I hear you on the residue): Hero Arts ULTRA CLEAN Stamp Cleaner nk202 at Simon Says STAMP!

I stamp off as much as I can, then use a microfiber cloth (Zwipes) with UltraClean to get it pretty again...

100% ditto. Both.

BTW, Hero Arts Ultra Clean is made by Stewart. So buying the larger Stewart bottles (without the sprayer) works well as a refill if found at a good price. I last bought it on Amazon but now it’s only offered by one seller and is absurdly expensive. Several other stores no longer carry it.

And not all Zwipes are identical. I bought larger ones for the kitchen and they were thin and cheap so were returned. These are the ones I get - note the 24 pack is only $2 more than the 12:

Amazon.com: Zwipes 735 Microfiber Towel Cleaning Cloths, 12-Pack: Automotive

I use them for my hands too. They get very stained but nothing comes off, and are tossed in the washing machine eventually.
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I make my own cleaner with Suave shampoo, glycerin and water. I love it. Plus it smells so good. Right now I am using Waterfall Shampoo.

For really tough stains I do have StazOn. I used rubbing alcohol for the longest time. I know every time I write that a stamper has fainted, lol. I always washed them very well afterward and gave them a good coating of glycerin. Shaz- love the tip about hand sanitizer. I buy a lot of used stamps. Some of them have been inked to oblivion. I use StazOn mainly to clean up stamps I buy used. I have a toolbox full of cleaning tools for all my adopted things I bring home.

I also use a Shammy. I am not fancy. I just buy my Shammy's from Dollar Tree. They last forever, for me. I just usually add water to my shammy for light stamping projects. If I am doing a lot of stamping then I add some of my homemade cleaner. That combo works so good. IMO it can be better than the StazOn cleaner.
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