Self-inking stamps are by far the biggest improvement in the stamps industry. It has not only made the life of office workers easier but has altogether removed the extra added step of having to practically “ink the stamp” by forcing it onto an ink pad. Knowing that we live in a time of efficiency, there’s no wonder as to why self-inking stamps are pushing pre-inked stamps out of the shelves and out of the market entirely. Having said that self-inking stamps are no longer a newer, fresher variety but still there a lot of knowledge that needs to be handed out regarding how to take care of your own self-inking stamp! 

Keep away from water: 

It should go without saying that ink and stamps do not have the best combination, and the same trend follows in the case of a self-inking stamp. When a self-inking stamp is exposed to water, it can damage the title plate and the ink cartilage which will lead to much more watery, runny, and inconsistent stamps. It is therefore highly recommended to keep the stamp away from water. 

Keep away from direct sunlight: 

Sunlight perhaps has the opposite effect on stamps than water. Just like water makes the stamps more runny and liquid, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can make your stamps much drier than they need to be and soon your stamps' impressions start to fade. You see the ink cartilage is, in fact, wet in itself, they have a specific consistency of moistness; any higher the stamps are too runny and any less the cartilage doesn't provide enough ink for stamping at all! Therefore it is necessary to keep the self-inking stamp away from direct sunlight at all times.  

Not pressing in too hard when using: 

Since the day self-inking stamps were introduced into the market, they have made the stamping work a lot easier and convenient. People no longer need to forcefully press down on the stamp to ink it and then down on the place they wish to leave the impression. A simple click does the job just fine, but this does mean many individuals have to let go of their old habits of forcing down on the stamps just to make it work. While self-inking stamps have been made conducive to tolerate such forceful pushes downwards, but in the long run, this can be extremely harmful to the stamp and even cause to break it. Therefore what's needed to be understood is that there is no need to force it down with a lot of force, a simple push downwards will do just fine. 

Replacing the ink cartilage in due time: 

The ink cartilage is the source of the ink that allows the stamp to leave a great dignified and elegant impression, overtime after repeated use of the ink cartilage the ink starts to dry up and needs to be replaced. It is important to note these changes in the color and thickness of the impressions and change the ink cartilage whenever it becomes too dim.