My stamping life has changed — and the way I maintain my stamps so that they give clean impressions. Here are some practical tips:
- Before cleaning, stamp off onto your grid (scratch) paper to remove most of the ink. Your cleaner will have less work to do and your Scrub will stay nicer!
- Clean immediately; dark inks stain the rubber if allowed to sit.
- Dilute your Stampin’ Mist. I find it is plenty effective at a ratio of 1 part Mist to 2 or 3 parts water. The refill is a little more than twice the price of the spray bottle version for four times the liquid, so save money by creating your own version!
- When removing StazOn ink, use the StazOn Cleaner. (Do not use your Scrub.) Shake the bottle well, then use full-strength on the rubber. I sometimes let this sit on the rubber for a half hour, then scrub it with an old, soft toothbrush under running water. Again, getting to the ink before it stains is key.
- I don’t like using my Scrub for sticky, icky inks like Craft inks and VersaMark. I spray those with Mist at my sink and scrub them clean with an old toothbrush.
- Clean your Scrub with a drop of dish soap, scrubbing under running water with your hand or a soft brush. Allow to air dry. There are those who put it through their dishwasher on the top rack — just do not let it go through the drying cycle, because it will warp the plastic.