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.
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 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.
- 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
- 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