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Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Stamp Cleaners

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

I was so excited to get this little package in the mail from Stampendous!  I am reviewing the two stamp cleaners – same formula in both bottles, but two ways to apply.  For about the past five years I have been using baby wipes to clean all my stamps and was anxious to see if these cleaners are easier or do a better job.

The green bottle has a felt dauber top (just like acrylic paint daubers) that releases the stamp cleaning solution when you press down on it.  The pink bottle has a fine mist spray nozzle.  Both bottles contain the same stamp cleaner, which is water-based and non-toxic.

Before I got started with my review I had to clean off my work space and noticed a stamp I used about a week ago that never got cleaned (pictured below with metallic gold pigment ink).  Yikes!  I used the dauber on it and plenty of stamp cleaner came out  right away.  I then blotted it on a paper towel (as instructed), but that ink didn’t budge.  I daubed it a second time and the ink started to come off.  I ended up having to scrub it with the paper towel instead of blotting to get all the ink off.  But it had been on there for a week…

The directions are very simple and I decided to jump right in and test the cleaners with four different inks and a clear stamp so you can see any ink residue.  I tested Versafine pigment ink, Memento dye ink, VersaMark Dazzle, and StazOn.

 After inking up a brand new clear stamp with Memento and stamping it once I used the dauber stamp cleaner again and then blotted on a paper towel.  You can see below that the black ink still left some discoloration on the clear stamp.  I’m not sure if this can be avoided though.  I stamped it again on white cardstock and the ink was gone.

After using the dauber cleaner on these two stamps I noticed that the felt on top was starting to get a little pilled.  (click image to enlarge)
It also took me a few tries to get the right amount of cleaner out when using the dauber.  Pushing down on the applicator releases a tiny bit of cleaner, but I squeezed the bottle to get a little more.  Oops!  Squeezed to hard – see below.

After this I moved on to the spray applicator.  I pulled out another brand new clear stamp and inked it up with VersaFine pigment.  I stamped once on cardstock and then sprayed twice with the stamp cleaner.  This bottle gives you a nice even and fine mist, but it is still a bit hard to contain it just on the stamp.  After spraying I used a paper towel to “scrub gently and blot” as instructed.  This worked, but left little white fibers on the stamp from the paper towel.

I also used the spray applicator to clean off stamps with VersaMark Dazzle and StazOn.  As expected it did a great job cleaning the VersaMark, but not so much on the StazOn.  It did manage to get a little of the green StazOn off my clear stamp, but since it is a solvent ink I would need to use a special cleaner for that one.  Just testing!

In the end I found the best results using both stamp cleaners with a stamp scrubbing pad that I had on hand (above), instead of the paper towel that the directions recommend.  I just applied the stamp cleaner directly to the stamp and then scrubbed on the pad and let the stamp air dry.

Comparing these cleaners to my old method (baby wipes), I would say that they are more effective, but not easier.  So let’s sum it all up with some pros and cons for the Stampendous Stamp Cleaners.

Pros:

  • Able to remove pigment and dye inks from clear, cling, and rubber stamps
  • Water based and non-toxic – no funky smells and I feel safe having this around the family
  • Very nice applicator bottles – I liked both!
  • Inexpensive and easy to find locally and online
Cons:
  • A bit more messy than I’m used to in my small working space – hard to get just the right amount of cleaner directly onto the stamp
  • Multi-step process (but cleaning stamps almost always is)
  • Needed a stamp scrubber pad to use these cleaners to the best of their ability
I also have to mention that the new Stampendous jumbo cling stamps are SOOOO nice to use with their Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle.  It is so much thinner and lighter than my old acrylic blocks and I love all the new cling stamp designs.
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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.

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5 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Stamp Cleaners

  1. Elaine A October 17, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Cassandra –

    Thank you so much for posting your findings. Its nice to know these things before you go out and purchase.

    Elaine Allen

  2. aloha37 October 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I so want to check out those stamps from Stampendous you were talking about. Love the big flower stamps and would like to try the new acrylic pad with them. Thanks for the review. I love reading what you have to say about products.

  3. StampendousGraphics October 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Cassandra, your review is very fair and informative. You achieved the same results we would expect from our cleaner. It’s not designed for removing StazOn type solvent based inks, and we also like using it with a scrubby cleaning pad better than a paper towel.

    And, of course, the staining on clear stamps has a lot more to do with what ink you’ve used than the cleaning method. We always recommend VersaFine ink from Tsukineko for the best results with our Perfectly Clear Stamps.

    Thanks so much, Cassandra, for taking a look at our products! We’re glad you liked our Jumbo Stamps!

  4. KRT October 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks for including so many pictures in your reviews. It really makes it easier to understand the uses of the products. I also appreciate the touches of humor you add!

  5. Lynn Mercurio October 27, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I always love seeing new ways to condition and clean my stamps. Don’t we ALL spend so much money on our, they are definitely deserving of loving treatment of keeping them clean.