Dear Fellow Crafters,
In Part 2 of Cleaning Stamps, we’ll talk about acrylic stamps and solvent stamp cleaners:
Acrylic stamps, unlike rubber stamps, are made of plastic and fit onto large clear blocks for stamping. You can clean the stamps with mild soap and water and they need a few special cleansers which can get rid of both water-resistant and water-based inks.
The things you’ll need are:
Liquid acrylic stamp cleaner
1-3 soft cleaner cloths
Mild liquid dish soap
- Apply the liquid cleaner onto the acrylic stamp while it is still set on the block and rub with a soft cloth. By cleaning on the block, it makes it easier to handle the surface. Some archival-quality pigmented ink such as Stazon may stain the stamp permanently. Red and purple non-archival pigmented inks can also stain the stamp. This is normal.
- Put a dime-sized amount of mild dish soap and water on a clean cloth and rub the mixture over the stamp to make it sticky again.
Solvent Stamp Cleaners
Staz on Solvent ink cleaner is “loved” by many stampers, but use it with caution. It can “eat” through paper towels. It is sold in a cleaning bottle with a dauber top. Other brands are Inkssentials, Ranger, Tsukineko and Judikins. The Ranger cleaner is also great removing Sharpie Markers from metal.
‘Til next time,
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