Rubber stamps bring forth a number of benefits and like all things in life, if you want them to last, you must take good care of them. You must keep them clean in order to achieve crisp impressions each time and especially if you use various coloured inks. Not cleaning your stamps enough could result in a colour disfiguration and could impact the design of your impression. In order to see the best results time and time again, you need to take good care of your stamps and keep them in good condition. Each stamp manufacturer generally lists their own method of cleaning the stamp and should be included when you first purchase the product. However, if you do not have any instructions provided, follow our simple stamp cleaning method to ensure you continue to leave pristine impressions time and time again. 


There are a variety of ways you can clean your rubber stamps efficiently. Cleaning your rubber stamps is an absolute must if you want to get the most use out of them. You can purchase a rubber stamp cleaning solution, or you can opt to clean them at home with some basic household items. For this method of cleaning you will require the following:

  • Alcohol-free baby wipes
  • Soap & water
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap paper


To begin cleaning your stamps, take a scrap piece of paper and press your stamp repeatedly until all the excess ink has been removed. Take the sponge and scrub the surface with warm soapy water, until it appears to be clean. When using a sponge to clean your stamps, ensure no lint or excess sponge follicles stick to the surface of the ink pad. You can also use an old toothbrush if the ink has built up over a long period of time. This will assist you to clean inside the crevices and hard to reach areas of your rubber stamp Take a baby wipe and wipe over the surface of your stamp to remove any remaining ink or soap. Use a paper towel to pat the ink pad dry and press the stamp on a clean piece of paper to ensure it is clean. You may want to keep some additional baby wipes on hand to clean your stamp after each. This will prevent ink build up and ensure your stamp works efficiently each time. 


When cleaning your rubber stamps, it’s important to remember not to let them soak in water, especially your wooden stamps. This could damage the ink pads and cause them to loosen from the shaft of the stamp.  Do not use any acetone or oil-based products to clean your stamps as this could cause permanent damage to the ink pad and dry them out. After each use, press the stamp down to remove any excess ink, this will assist you with cleaning in the future. Keep your stamps stored in a clean, dry environment and ensure they are kept out of direct sunlight. Remember to never store your stamps away when they are wet or have a build-up of ink.

To ensure your custom stamps, self-inking stamps or rubber stamps are kept in a good condition, we highly recommend frequent cleaning. This will prolong their stamping life and you will be sure to have clean, clear impressions with each use. By following our above method of cleaning, you will be sure to have a stamp which lasts a lifetime. For more information on how to clean your rubber stamps, contact our friendly team at Mr Rubber Stamps today.