How to Clean Stamps

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5-10-2016, 23:50
Stamps can be kept clean by regularly wiping them clean after using. If you have let the ink stains build up over time, the stamp may need cleaning to remove ink that is marring the image, but it's unlikely that you'll be able to clean off the color. However, such stamps are still clean.

Cleaning stamps after use

  1. Choose a suitable method according to the type of stamp you have. Wooden and rubber stamps are best cleaned using wipes, while acrylic, foam or plastic stamps can be cleaned with soapy water.
  2. Use wipes. Baby, travel or other wipes can be used to wipe a stamp off, either rubber or acrylic/foam stamps. Wipe until the ink comes off, then press onto a paper towel to dry.
    • Only use wipes free of alcohol or aloe vera.
  3. Use soapy water. This method is best for acrylic or plastic stamps that are formed from one material.
    • Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water.
    • Dip the stamp in.
    • Scrub the ink off with either an old toothbrush or a cleaning cloth.
    • Dab on a paper towel to dry.

Cleaning foam stamps

  1. Use wet wipes to wipe over foam-mounted stamps. Only use wipes that are free of alcohol or aloe vera. Press into a thick paper towel to dry.
  2. Wipe over the stamps with a large, water-dampened sponge. Wring the sponge out before doing this. To dry, press the cleaned stamp into a thick paper towel.

Cleaning dried-on ink off stamps

  1. Check the condition of your stamp. If it has a lot of dried ink in between the characters or lines, it is harder to read the printed image. If you are unsure just by looking at the stamp, do a test stamp on a piece of scrap paper, then check the document imprint.
    • Dried ink that is flat and clean on the stamp is a color stain, not a dirty stamp. It is only if the ink has built up and interferes with your stamping that it's a real problem.
  2. Find a basin with hot, running water.
  3. Let the water run until it gets hot. Hold the stamp by the handle. Run the rubber image under the water until the water runs clear. It's okay to see black, red, or another color of ink while rinsing the stamp.
  4. Shake the stamp until it's dry enough for you. Use a paper towel to dry it completely.
    • Clean the sink after, to remove any ink stains.

Removing lint or dust from stamps

  1. Lay a piece of tape on a table. Lay it sticky side up.
  2. Press the stamp onto the sticky side of the tape. The dust, hairs or lint will come off the stamp and be left on the tape.
  3. Throw away the tape. The stamp should be fine for using again.


  • Wipes only work on water/archival based ink; not permanent ink.
  • If you are wearing long sleeves, push them up, or roll them up while removing ink; this will avoid any chance of removing ink.
  • Cleaners to avoid include oil-based, acetone or bleach. Each of these will cause rubber to dry out, crack and potentially fall off.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-alcoholic wipes
  • Soapy water (use mild soap)
  • Paper towels (thick or folded)
  • Sponge
  • Hot water
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