About Your Stamp
Photopolymer Stamps: Unless otherwise indicated, the stamp die is made from a high-quality photopolymer material. It provides an excellent impression and will give years of reliable service. However, petroleum and alcohol-based inks should not be used with your stamp. They will degrade the photopolymer material and shorten the lifetime of your stamp. Only water-based inks should be used with your stamps.
Red Rubber Stamps: Your stamp die may be made from a high-quality red rubber. Like the photopolymer material, it provides an excellent impression and will give years of reliable service. Petroleum and alcohol-based inks can not be used with these stamps.
Cleaning Your Stamp
You can increase the longevity of your rubber stamps with an occasional cleaning. As your stamp gets used, dust and paper fibers will build up on the die, the imaging area of the stamp. This can cause fuzzy stamp impressions. To remove build up, take a scrap sheet of blank paper and keep stamping until the stamp no longer leaves an impression. If you have a self-inking model, you will need to lock the stamp in the down position first. Next, take a piece of Scotch® brand tape (or equivalent), and stick it onto the die. Carefully lift the tape off, and the dust and fibers should come off. Repeat if a lot of build up remains.
Do not use stronger tape, such as packaging or shipping tape. The goal is to remove the dust and fibers from the poly, not to remove the die from the stamp mount!
For stamps that are really dirty, they can be wiped gently with a lint-free towel dipped in soapy water. The stamp can then be rinsed with a lint-free towel dipped in water. Be careful not to get the stamp too wet, or the glue holding the poly in place can weaken. Allow the stamp poly to dry before using it again. In the case of self-inking stamps, allow the stamp to dry before unlocking it and allowing the poly to rest on the ink pad. Do not use petroleum or alcohol-based cleaners on a photopolymer stamp diethey will shorten the lifespan of the photopolymer die.
Cleaning your stamp regularly will help keep the die of your stamp clean, and your impressions clear. Please note that, while this method works great for handle mount and self-inking stamps, it is not recommended for cleaning pre-inked stamps.
Re-Inking Your Stamp
Self-inking stamps can be re-inked. If you have an Ideal® or Trodat® self-inking stamp, complete instructions for re-inking are included on the packaging. If you prefer not to re-ink the ink pad, you can elect to purchase a new ink pad instead. If you have an older model Trodat® self-inking stamp, it is recommended that you purchase a new ink pad instead of re-inking the dried out pad.
Replacing the Stamp Die
To replace the die on your stamp with a new one, please follow these seven steps:
- On a scrap sheet of paper, press the stamp to make an impression.
- Hold the stamp down, and slide the button on the side to lock it into position.
- Stamp the stamp a few more times until the old die is dry.
- Peel off the old die from the stamp.
- Remove the white backing on the new die to expose the adhesive.
- Place new stamp die into position and press down firmly so the adhesive makes good contact with the stamp.
- Unlock the stamp and you are ready to go!
The old stamp die may have left an impression in the ink pad of the stamp, which may result in the new stamp die not being inked evenly. The ink pad should readjust itself to the new die within hours or a couple days, depending upon the age of the stamp. In some cases, especially when the old die has been in place for more than a year, the die may have left a permanent impression and the ink pad may need to be replaced.