Cleaning rubber stamps
Have a stamp that is terribly ink stained and it is making you crazy? Here is a simple, and often good way, to clean up your stamps:
Place a folded paper towel in a paper plate and soak it with Simple Green. (properly diluted according to the directions) I will often pick up the stamp and check on the progress as I am working on other projects. If you have am extra juicy ink pad that has caused ink to get into the crevasses of your stamp (this is a frequent problem with highly detailed stamps) try using an old tooth brush to finish the cleaning.
I always rinse the cleaner off my stamps. No matter what kind of cleaner it is. I don't want any residue from the cleaner to interact with the next ink used on the stamp. Now you will hear that your wood stamps should never be in water - that the mounting foam will mold and the wood will warp. I have been stamping for 16 years and have some 16 year old stamps. I have never had the foam go bad or the wood warp. The only way that I could imagine this happening is if you stored many just rinsed wood mounted stamps in an air tight container.
A little hint on finding Simple Green, if it is not in the cleaners section then try automotive section.
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Publisher's Note: I have found Simple Green at the Dollar Store.