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Review | Close To My Heart My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

My Acrylix Spritz Stamp Cleaner and brush by Close To My Heart

I’m always on the lookout for new stamp cleaners that work well, so I was itching to try this My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner from Close To My Heart with my existing Close To My Heart Acrylix stamps and also with other manufacturers’ ones. I’m also intrigued by the Scrubber Brush, which is sold separately in their catalog (I prefer this since I think it’s best not be frog marched into buying stuff we don’t want when everything is put in a kit ). The Scrubber feels really sturdy and has a plastic cover so that it doesn’t get dusty or stain something inadvertently after a stamp cleaning session.

I’m going to use two different inks to test the cleaning properties of Close to My Heart My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner: Versafine and Rangers. I believe it’s going to be good, also, to test the Spritz with and without the Scrubber brush.

The My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner comes in two formats – a 2 fl oz. with an atomizer ($4.25) and a refill bottle of 8 fl oz. ($11.50). Check for the latest prices with your Close To My Heart consultant.

As for the Scrubber brush ($12.95), I really like the fact that it is described as “Ideal for cleaning all inks, especially pigment inks”. Unfortunately pigment inks can be quite stubborn to remove and leave tell-tale signs on your polymer and acrylic stamps after supposedly being removed.

After spraying around and using the mopping method with paper towel, I found no difference between the Close to My Heart and other similar cleaners and when using pigment inks there’s some residue left in the design grooves as expected. But the cleaner comes into its own when using the brush with it – I’ve noticed that it is slightly better when combined with that tool. It worked very well with archival inks too and the stamps came up really clean.

Despite its effectiveness, the cleaner was gentle with the acrylic stamps and I didn’t feel the need to rinse them ( I do however rinse my silicone, acrylic and polymer stamps even when using the all purpose Staz-on cleaner, perhaps a bit paranoid but it feels to me to be such a strong cleaner ). It feels also that the My Acrylix cleaner has an emollient or moisturizing effect on stamps  – some of my clear stamps felt a bit dry but after I cleaned them they seem to be softer to the touch.

My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner is a fairly good cleaner but it comes into its own thanks to the brush. I don’t think one gets good value for the quantity (2 ozs; 56ml) for the little spray bottle; I would personally, instead, get the brush and the refill bottle and use an existing spray bottle I have lying around.

Pros:

–  Good all round cleaner

– Doesn’t need rinsing as it seems to me a mild enough cleaner

– Easy to use spray bottle

– Pleasant flowery smell

– Seemed like it moisturized the stamps while cleaning

Cons:

– It needs to be used with the brush tool to really pick up most of the pigment ink residues

– Spray bottle is on the small side as opposed to other cleaners and value for money is questionable as a result

– You need to get the refill to make it a good value

My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner is available from Close To My Heart for $4.25 for a 2 fl oz. with an atomizer, and $11.50 for the 8 oz refill bottle. The My Acrylix Scrubber Brush is available from Close To My Heart for $12.95.

What are you experiences with various rubber/transparent stamps cleaners ? Is there one you prefer ? Do you use specific ones for certain jobs ? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Fabrizio Martellucci has been crafting for over six years and enjoys card making, Artist Trading Cards (ATC) and the odd scrapbook layout. He started paper crafting as a distraction to some health issues and never looked back since when he bought a Hot Off the Press kit getting the addictive paper crafting bug. Fabrizio (but please call him Fab for short) has been producing samples for a few companies to show on Shopping Television in the UK, one of his greeting cards was published on PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck, and he produced various paper creations for Design Teams as well as being involved with live online paper crafting tutorial streams for The Odd Show Live and his own show Papermood Live. Not happy with only making cards Fab started an article based website called CardmakingNews.com where he stretches his writing muscle about card making tips and other useful posts for cardmakers. You can see a full list of Fab's blogs and other contact infos on his Kimtag page.
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12 Responses to Review | Close To My Heart My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner

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    Darlene Ripley October 9, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I disagree about the value of the spritz cleaner! I am a Close to my heart consultant and the little bottle of cleaner lasts for a very long time! I agree with the rest and thanks for writing this 🙂

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      Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks for your input Darlene, I totally appreciate it. I’m glad to hear it lasts for a long time and it actually doesn’t take much to clean, so that’s very true. Thanks again !

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    Maretta October 9, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    As an independent consultant for CTMH, I am probably a little biased about the product, but…I love the Spritz and the new scrubber! The old scrubber worked well, too, but tended to break. The new scrubber is fantastic! Just rinse it off every now and then and it comes nice and clean. As for the lifetime of the Spritz…I’ve been a consultant a year and a half now and I’m still using my initial (small) bottle of the Spritz! It lasts a long, long time…I stamp a lot. You don’t have to use it every time you clean. Just spray it directly on the scrubber and you can clean over and over before having to refresh! Wonderful product! : )

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      Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      Indeed, I agree the brush is amazing as it goes into all the nooks and crannies 😀 Thanks for your input Maretta ! 😀

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    Wendy C October 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I love the CTMH scrubby and spritz. I’ve found that the scrubby is so absorbent, so a bit of spritz goes a long way. I just scrub until the stamps are clean and dry again.

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      Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Thank you Wendy, I’ve cleaned some stamps yesterday and I didn’t need as much as my other cleaners. 😉

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    Sandy W October 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Thank you for this complete review. I’ve been looking for a good acrylic cleaner and will take your advice about getting a refill and the brush.

    I found the ultimate “Rubber” stamp cleaner and it amazes me every time! It’s called “Kiss Off” and it is found in the oil paint section of your big box stores. It looks a lot like a glue stick and is designed to clean paint brushes. I use it with a soft tooth brush about once a year, or when the stamp looks like it is getting stained. Yes, it has removed, or at least lightened, alcohol ink stains. I found a little patience will bring most red rubbers back to new. My main test was on a bag of stamps I bought at a garage sale that were 50 years old. They now look like new and are well conditioned, a plus I didn’t expect.

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      Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      ohhh that’s interesting Sandy, I’ll have to look out for this product. Thanks for sharing it ! 😀

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    Ellen CardMonkey October 14, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    I have tried all of the stamp cleaning liquids out there, and I will say, I like Close To My Heart’s the best. And the scrubber brush, while pricey, is delicate enough that it does not tear apart the fine lines in the acrylic stamps. I do like that it has a cover, too, to keep the bristles clean and any drips away from other projects. As you said, I like to buy the full refill bottle and have put it in a clear large atomizer that I got at the Dollar Store and decorated using scrap vinyl cut on my Silhouette Cameo! 🙂

    I appreciate your review, Fab!

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      Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Great minds think alike ! 🙂 Although I do understand by other comments that the small bottle lasts a long time, I meant that by buying the bigger bottle you get more product for your buck (quid). Thanks for your comment Ellen ! 😀

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    Amie Kiger October 14, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Thanks for the review! I am an active CTMH consultant, and use the spray/brush combo daily…trust me when I say it lasts a long time! I can go months without refilling the 2oz. bottle, and the size is perfect for my crowded desk. 😉 This brush is definitely the best thing I have found to clean up my pigment inks. Feel free to check them out on my website: http://www.mimimyselfandi.ctmh.com. You can also check out my blog to see how often I use it! Glad I discovered your reviews! 🙂

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    Fabrizio October 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Thanks for your input Amie, I honestly wish that Close to My Heart would open a chapter in the UK, I always enjoyed their products when I could indulge getting a few bits and bobs from the States from an understanding demo 😀 Again thank you for your gracious comment. 😀