How to Clean Pigment Ink Off Stamps

How to Clean Pigment Ink Off Stamps

You may be glad to hear that there are several methods you can use to remove pigment ink from rubber stamps. These methods include baby wipes, special stamp cleaners, water, and soap.

The methods for cleaning a rubber stamp can be quick and easy and after reading the post below, I’m certain you’ll be feeling more confident about removing pigment ink from your rubber stamps., so let’s get into it…

Stamp Cleaner

Specialized stamp cleaners are easily available in stores and online. There are different options with the two most popular ones including Simply Shammy and Stampin Scrub.

Stampin Scrub comes with a pad containing additional scrub pads with fibres. You can combine these pads with the Stampin Mist cleaner and use them to wipe away ink from your stained stamps.

The Simply Shammy cleaners include a fabric that’s thick and can be dampened with warm water alllowing you to clean the pigment inks from your rubber stamps effectively. People find this option is easiest when they’re on the move as they’re easy to carry around and store. 

Soap and Water

If you don’t have time to get stamp cleaners, water and dish soap are your next best option. This method is great for removing ink from stamps once you’re completely done with your artwork as they need time to dry afterwards. 

  • Start by combining a couple of drops of dish soap with lukewarm water into a dish. 
  • Submerge the rubber section of the stamp into the cleaning solution.
  • It’s best to prevent the wooden part of the stamp from getting wet as it can warp. 
  • Next, grab an old toothbrush or nail brush to scrub stained stamps clean.
  • Once the ink residue is gone, use a paper towel to dry the rubber stamp before leaving it on the work surface to air dry completely.
  • You can then stamp gently on some scrap paper to see if the dye ink has come off. If not, you can repeat the method to used to clean rubber stamps again.

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are an unexpectedly effective remedy for cleaning pigment from off stamps. However, this method tends to work best if the ink is still fresh. You may have a harder time removing ink that has been there for a while. 

So, it’s a good idea to keep some baby wipes near you so that you can use them to remove ink from your stamps right after you’re finished using them. They have a quick-drying property which means that you don’t have to wait long to use them again after removing the ink pigments. 

You should use an alcohol-free baby wipe. This is because rubbing alcohol can cause stamps to dry and crack over time. You should also make sure to be gentle whilst using baby wipes to clean your stamps from permanent inks.

Also read: Best non bleed markers


So, that wraps up our post on cleaning stamps from ink colors. Hopefully, you’re feeling more assured about the different methods that you can start using to clean stamps quickly and easily.


How to clean acrylic stamps?

You can use all of the cleaning methods mentioned above. However, rubbing alcohol can also be used with acrylic stamps. 

How to clean wooden stamps?

Combine five teaspoons of warm water with one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent in a bowl. Mix it gently until you create a foam. 

Next, dip a clean cloth into the bowl and rub it gently onto the stains. You can then clean and dry the stamp with a separate cloth and leave it to dry. 

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