How to Clean Rubber Craft Stamps


Dolores asked: How do I clean rubber stamps. I want to remove the ink that gets on them when I’m stamping on cards. Than you.

The easiest way to keep rubber craft stamps clean is with a commercially available stamp cleaner. However, there’s a home remedy that you can use as you work, making it possible to effortlessly switch colors mid-project without worry of mixing colors or putting your stamps temporarily out of commission.

You Will Need:

  • Alcohol free baby wipes
  • Paper towels

Steps to Clean the Stamp:

  1. Using a fresh baby wipe, carefully wipe the ink from the surface of the stamp. Turn the wipe frequently, replacing when necessary so you’re always working with a clean surface.
  2. For deep cleaning, use thick baby wipes and fold them into quarters to create a plush, 4-ply layer.  Press the stamp into the baby wipe against a hard surface to cause the moisture to well up into the cracks and crevices.  Repeat as needed, using a clean portion of the wipe each time.
  3. Dry stamps by pressing them into a layer of clean paper towels.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not use products containing alcohol to clean rubber stamps. The alcohol can dry the rubber, causing damage, brittleness or breakdown of the stamp.
  • Never soak rubber stamps with wooden parts in water. The wood may swell, causing irreparable damage.

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