HAND STAMPS TLC

Hand stamps need TLC…


The hand stamp will give you thousands of crisp impressions if given a little TLC. As with any tool, proper maintenance will yield very positive results. Here are a few simple tips that will insure this long life.

RUBBER STAMP INK ONLY!

Use only rubber stamp ink on your stamp pad. For normal use rubber stamp ink or self inking stamp ink (Trodat®, ClassiX®, Ideal®, Cosco 2000 Plus® ) will be fine. If your marking application involves marking a special surface (PC boards, metal, plastic, etc.) then you need a stamp with either natural rubber, buna, or neoprene dies. These will work with many of the special marking inks, without causing damage to the stamp. Never use numbering machine ink, check writer or Xstamper® ink on a rubber stamp these inks will directly attack the printing die on the stamp with very unpleasant results.

GIVE YOUR STAMP A BATH

When dirt, dust and ink build up on the printing die, it can be easily washed away. A little warm water, mild detergent and an old toothbrush will do the trick. Remove the index strip, place the stamp under warm running water, add a couple of drops of detergent and gently brush clean with the tooth brush. Dry thoroughly and replace the index strip.Need a quick fix? Using a piece of Scotch tape, stamp the hand stamp onto the sticky side of the tape several times. This will remove most lint, dust, and dirt.
**PLEASE NOTE: This procedure WILL NOT work for inks other than regular rubber stamp ink /self inking stamp ink.**

KEEP STAMPS OUT OF SUNLIGHT

The sensitive Polymer and/or natural rubber dies that are continually exposed to sunlight will tend to become brittle and will not accept ink. Kept from direct sun, the die will remain soft and distribute ink evenly for many years to come.

KEEP YOUR STAMP PAD CLEAN

A clean well-inked stamp pad will keep unwanted dirt and dust off of your stamp. Remember to keep the cover closed when not in use. To clean a felt stamp pad, scrape the surface with a business card or a knife blade (keep the blade straight up and down). You will be able to remove an amazing amount of lint and dust and ready for use!

• Keep your pad properly inked. A properly inked pad will allow you to “kiss” the pad with a stamp and “kiss” the paper and leave a clean, clear imprint. Many stamping problems actually turn out to be stamp pad problems.

A new stamp pad is a small investment to make to keep up a good impression!