Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The best stamp Cleaner

Edited to Add

Now this post has a video too...
Do check out the video ... and while in there, you may get a sneak peek of something else coming in the next few days too..



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Links to find the cloth AMAZON

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My older post
I had been meaning to share this hack/tip/product a long while ago, and never go around to it.
So finally I decided I should. Since I have now been using this for over 3 months.

I think most of us use either an old rag, an old T-shirt, wet wipes, baby wipes, scrubber, and what not to clean your stamps after inking. This one thing will make you throw away everything.

Of course you will still need your stamp conditioner, like Cleans it All or Hero Arts Ultra clean for cleaning off traces of Archival inks, or stazon but other than that dump everything.

I used to use a water spray mister and an old T-shirt and wet wipes before I found this. Tshirt used to leave stray fibres and wet wipes dry by the time I finish a project... and then another wet wipe.

So what is it? Its a faux chamois cloth that is usually used to clean cars and is super super absorbent.

When you order, you will get a long roll stuffed in a plastic bottle. Almost the size of a baby towel.

It is packed slightly damp. Don't panic.  That's how its supposed to be kept. Cut it up into a tissue size or a small handkerchief size.
Find an old plastic box, any small box with a lid. And dump in it. That's it. That one small piece of faux chamois will last for almost 3-5 months depending how heavy you stamp. I used my Faux Chamois cloth for all my swatch samples. And I still use it. Its black, its dirty and it still cleans like a dream.

Why the box?
You need to keep the cloth moist for it to clean. If it becomes dry, it becomes like a stiff cardboard. Plus if you wipe and keep on your desk, the moist cloth may dampen your papers. So clean your stamps and dump it back into the box.

How to clean?
I simply wash with plain water and let it air dry. Once dry, it re-dampen it and put it back into the box. Where it will stay damp for almost a week.
Some times you may get a funny smell. If so, just let it air dry and the smell will go away.
You can even machine wash it if you want, but not necessary.

What Else??
Do you know when you use wet glue and it seeps out? And if you wipe with your hands, you get a long streak that well, shines once it dries? I hate that. So I tried once to clean with this cloth, and what do you know. The glue came off and there was no damn shiny streak left on the paper. Super happy me.

Anything more I want to add??
Oh yes, It cleans glitter off you table like magic. But getting the glitter off your cloth, well that's another story!!! (Bwahaha!!) 

So if I have convinced you to try this, jump right here and buy it. It's available in large and a small size. Check the size before you buy.
I got the large (66 X 43 X 0.2 cm) and it will last me a year for sure.
The small one is (43 x 32 x 0.2) Don't buy anything smaller than that size.

It does come in funky colors. On Amazon I see only yellow, but luckily I got a green one.

Run and get one...this is almost the same as the Absorber that the crafters in the US are using.

13 comments:

  1. This sounds like magic.....Thanks a ton.....running to order mine.

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  2. never knew about this Tejal !! thanks for sharing

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  3. I think I found a sponge like this once. I lefti t out in the open and it went from a soft sponge to a solid rock! I did pick it up from the wax/cleaning isle so maybe it's the same thing. Back then I didnt have archival inks so didnt use it much. I will look again, thanks for enabling.

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  4. Thanks for the tip! Very helpful!

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  5. would surely get one Tejal, and if it cleans glue that one point alone sold this one to me

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  6. Wow...I recently ordered baby wipes and was not so happy ...but now I am gonna order this...thank you so much for sharing this ..!!

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  7. Would like to thank you Tejal. I ordered this after reading your post, and its absolutely amazing, cleans up my stamps in a second. No more wipes, thank god :)

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  8. Thank u Tejal. Sure gonna try this :)

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  9. i finally bought this cloth. mine wasnt damp though but it is SOOOO awesome!!

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  10. Aww...this is something awesome!!
    Something that is must have for every stamper. Hope you don't mind if I share your video in my whtsapp groups. I have lots of freshers who can benefit out of this video of urs.

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  11. Awesome!! I bought in on your recommendation earlier (you had recommended it on an FB group. Great video and writeup!

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  12. Woah!! This seems like a must have! Gotta checkout in the supermarkets here.. If not this they gotta have something similar.. High time I advance from my baby wipes..

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