Stamps can be used for so many different things; we use them to make our daily work tasks more efficient with signature stamps and to dress up our return addresses. We can create gift wrapping paper, party invitations, holiday cards, and so much more!
Whichever way we choose to use them, chances are they’ll be used a lot! So we thought we’d answer the question running through everyone’s mind: What’s the easiest and most efficient way to care for my rubber stamps?
Watch our short video or read the step-by-step instructions below, and soon you’ll be a stamp-cleaning pro!
5 Easy Steps to Cleaning a Rubber Stamp:
Gather your supplies! You’ll need a toothbrush, a dish soap and water mixture, and scotch tape.
Tear off a piece of scotch tape and stick it to your rubber stamp. Remove the tape, and you’ll see dust, dirt, etc. come off with it. Repeat this step a few times.
For a more intense cleaning, make multiple impressions to dry out the rubber. This will prepare the stamp for further cleaning. For self-inking stamps, remove the ink pad before this step.
Next, dip your toothbrush into the soapy water. Rub the bristles of the toothbrush across your stamp, cleaning every crease. Repeat this step until your stamp is clean, rewetting the toothbrush as necessary.
Let your stamp dry completely before using ink again.
Simply Stamps partners with industry-leading brands like Trodat and Xstamper because we want your purchase to last. If you’re ever not satisfied with the impression your stamp is leaving, try giving it a nice, deep clean. When cleaned properly, your stamp will work as if it were new!
Basic Stamp Care
Besides just keeping your rubber stamp clean, it’s also good to know the basics of making sure you care for your stamp properly!
Each type of stamp is a little different, but for the most part, there are some basic rules for making sure your stamp lasts as long as you need it.
Here are 5 tips we recommend for keeping your stamp functioning!
Store your stamp properly. Keeping your stamp in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures will ensure that your rubber does not deteriorate over time.
Protect the rubber. When your stamp is not in use, you should make sure to cover the rubber with a plastic or rubber cap.
Avoid applying too much pressure. When using your rubber stamp, try not to use excessive pressure when making impressions. This can cause damage to the rubber and make your future impressions less clear.
Clean the stamp mount. Occasionally, clean the stamp mount or handle to remove any ink residue. This will help maintain the overall cleanliness of the stamp.
Check for damage. Regularly inspect your rubber stamp for any signs of damage, such as cracks or tears in the rubber. Replace the stamp if it’s damaged, as it can affect the quality of the impressions.
Overall, it’s always a great idea to check in on your well-loved stamps and ensure that they will last you for years to come! With these steps, we are sure that your rubber stamp will serve you well.