My friends will tell you that I am very fussy about keeping my stamps clean. I want them all to look like I just bought them. So when I get a bit of ink on the wood, or the black ink doesn't want to come off, I am not happy!
I think I have used every stamp cleaner out there known to man (or woman!). I have at least seven different brands in my stamp room. Well, when those are gone, it is ONE cleaner for me! I am sure many of you already use this product, but if you don't, it is a MUST-HAVE!
Ultra Clean™ cleans even the most difficult stamping inks. Ultra Clean™ also keeps your stamp scrubber clean by washing most of the ink out of the scrubber when rinsed with water.It takes off every trace of any kind of black ink -- and I have about all of the black inks there are!
It has a very light scent, and doesn't bother my nose at all! The only drawback, and this doesn't really bother me, is that it is a tad oily. So, I clean my stamps only once a day, and then do not have to worry about getting any residue on my projects. If I need the same stamp for a project, and have to clean up before the end of the day, I just use a non-oily cleaner, such as Stampin' Up's Stampin' Mist, or I make sure my hands are oil-free.
Another great option for cleaning is Simple Green. Simple Green is a multi-purpose cleaner that will clean just about anything in your house. Simple Green is non-toxic, biodegradeable, non-hazardous, non-flammable, and non-corrosive. The correct ratio for simple green as a stamp cleaner is:
1/4 c simple green
1/2 c water (I use distilled)
Put it in a spray bottle and you are ready to go!
Give these products a try. I find Simple Green in the auto section at Wal-Mart, and Ultra Clean™ at many online stores.
And right now - I am on my way to CHA! Tonight I will be meeting many friends I have made through stamping online -- and am excited to share pictures with you soon!