Today we are talking about how to clean acrylic blocks for stamping. This was a recent request in an Ask Me Anything email I sent out to my subscribers.

With it being the start of a new year, starting with clean acrylic blocks is perfect! I have heard from many stampers that they throw them in the dishwasher. My experience with that has been way less than ideal. I don't know if it was soap or water temperature – but my blocks when in the trash afterwards.

Your acrylic blocks get dirty all kinds of ways. From ink, to oils on your fingers, all the way to the stickers or cling that hold them. So we want to address all of that at the same time.

Here are my blocks:

See how they just aren't awesome? Just dingy looking. And think about it like this… all the junk on your acrylic blocks transfers onto your stamps when you put a stamp on them. Using a stamp cleaning block occasionally after use is great, but giving them a good deep clean – well, there's nothing like it.

Ungunk Them First

We are going to start by cleaning off any sticky residue that may be on there. My favorite thing for this is a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol. You want to stay away from products like Goo Gone. While I love that product, it may cloud your acrylic blocks and make them more translucent than transparent.

Quick Tip: when you are cleaning a lot of blocks, after wiping each down, stand them up so you know which ones you have already done.

Give Them A Good Soak

My favorite soap for getting rid of oil and grease is Dawn dish soap. Plus they use that on ducks in the ocean after tragic oil spills, so to me that says both gentle and effective. I filled the sink with warm water and soap and let them soak for about 10 minutes. Then I went through and rubbed on the surfaces and let them soak about 5 more minutes.

Rinse And Dry Your Acrylic Blocks

Once done soaking, drain your sink and rinse your blocks.

I put them in a towel lined tray. I like this type of towel rather than fluffy bath towel. Way less fibers transfer to your blocks with these.

Clean and Ready to Put Away

Look how clean these are? These acrylic stamps are ready for stamping!

Now all that's left to do is to put them away. I keep mine in a drawer. There are two reasons for this. First, they don't get dusty. When I used to keep them on my countertop, dust would collect on them and then that dust transferred to my stamps if I forgot to wipe them off before using them. Second, I like them stored by size so I can easily grab what I need.

UPDATED: Laurie asked how you to clean the plates for your Stamparatus. I do the exact same thing!

And that's all there is to cleaning acrylic blocks for stamping best results! I repeat this about once a quarter, but it depends on how much you are using them. Let me know your thoughts on this by leaving a comment below! XOXO, Meg

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