How to Clean Your Rubber Stamps

By Nicole Tinkham


Once you become a rubber art stamper, it’s hard to stop (as you may know). Whether you’re a long time stamper or just purchased your very fist stamp, it’s important to know the correct way to use them and more importantly how to clean them. For rubber art stamping tips and techniques, feel free to stop in Keeton’s and talk to our stamp expert, Joey. She’s been stamping for years and can answer any questions you may have as well as demonstrate techniques you are interested in. In this post we will focus on how to care for your beloved rubber stamps so they last many long years.

You just finished a masterpiece using your rubber art stamp. Your stamp is covered with ink. Now what?

  1. Once finished stamping, “stamp off” on a piece of scrap paper. “Stamp off” refers to repeatedly pressing the stamp on scrap paper until most of the ink is removed from the stamp. This step should be done each time the stamp is used.
  2. Next, press the stamp down on a damp paper towel. This may be sufficient if the stamp isn’t very dirty but we suggest doing a deeper cleaning job (see step #3).
  3. For a deep clean, you will need to use a cleaning solution. We recommend Judi Kins Fabric & Permanent Ink Cleaner pictured below (available at Keeton’s). After application, wipe off the cleaning solution with a clean towel.


When finished with your rubber art stamps, store in a cool, dry area away from sunlight. For storage and organization ideas for rubber stamps and the rest of your craft room, check out our Let’s get organized board on Pinterest.

Hot tip: Do not soak your rubber stamps in water. This will loosen the adhesive!

For more information about our art supplies stop in, give us a call (941-747-2995) or visit! For a list of our upcoming workshops, check out The Artist’s Corner.

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