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Cleaning Your Stamps

Yes, it’s important to clean off stamps after using them—especially between colors!

Acrylic Stamps
The quickest and easiest way to clean your acrylic stamps is with warm water and a mild soap. For really stubborn ink, you can also take a soft, old toothbrush and gently scrub the crevices in the image. There are also some great stamp cleaners out there:

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When cleaning your stamps, don’t forget to clean your acrylic blocks. This prevents any stray ink marks from ending up on your paper!

Some ink pads can stain your stamps. StazOn®, for example, really does stay on. That’s no big deal—just clean off what you can and let the stamp dry. It won’t ruin your stamp it may just stain it. To get them really clean, use the StazOn® cleaner.

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Wood-Mounted Stamps
Do not use soap and water with wood-mounted rubber stamps, because it will loosen the adhesive. The quickest and easiest way to clean your wood stamps is with alcohol-free and aloe-free baby wipes. Or use any of the cleaners mentioned above.

Please don’t use acetone, bleach or any oil-based cleaner for either acrylic or wood-mounted stamps.

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