Rubber stamps can easily take your DIY card or decorations to a whole new level. It gives off an elegant and fun vibe, and you would not need to spend a lot just to make your DIY project look cute.
These stamps can be a little confusing to clean and store, though, which is why we’ll be discussing some tips on how you can keep your rubber stamp set clean and maintained so you can use them for a long time.
Always Keep Them Clean
One of the ways that you can keep your rubber stamp last for a long time is to always keep them clean before storing them away. An easy way to clean them is by stamping the excess ink on a piece of paper until the ink wears off. If you would like to clean it further, then you might want to try the following steps:
- Purchase a stamp cleaner and clean your rubber stamps with it. These can be bought from craft stores near you
- Use alcohol-free baby wipes to clean your stamps. Simply take a wet wipe, wipe the excess ink off of your stamp and then dry it with a clean towel before storing them away
- Clean the excess ink with soap, water, and a toothbrush. Simply apply a little bit of soap on the toothbrush and scrub your stamp with it. Wash it under running water right after and keep it clean and dry by wiping it with a clean towel after.
Avoid using other cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals such as alcohol and house cleaning materials, as these can easily damage the stamp. You should also remember never to soak your stamp in water, as this can easily damage the rubber.
Store Your Stamps Properly
Avoid exposing your stamps to direct sunlight, as this can make your stamp brittle and cracked over time. You should also store them on a flat surface without any ridges, as storing them on an uneven surface can cause dents in them and may render them unusable over time.
Do not put or store it in a room with excessive heat or humidity, as this will easily ruin the rubber. Also, although it might seem trendy and cute, you should avoid storing your stamps in a colander or a wicker basket. Doing so will make the stamps press on each other, as well as with the colander or wicker basket’s metal or wood. This will most likely leave dents in your stamps, making it leave unsightly marks and gaps on your DIY projects.
When cleaning your stamps with a toothbrush, make sure to never scrub too hard, as this can easily damage the surface of your stamp. Do it with a light hand and you’ll be good. You might feel the urge to scrub it, especially if it is stained. If your stamp is stained, then just let it be, as this can be difficult to remove.
Always store your stamps properly and you will get the most use out of them for a long time. These are investments for your DIY crafting projects, and taking good care of them is an absolute must!