Even though one might think that using a stamp is an easy task and doesn't quite require a list of instructions or guidelines to follow per se, this is not exactly the case. In order to make sure you get the best hands-on experience with your stamp it is imperative that you follow some basic tips:  

1) Keep the stamp in lock when not in use: 

One of the key features of the self-inking stamp is how easy it is to use. You just need to place it on top of the document you want to put your stamp impression on and press down and there you have it, a perfect impression. This does however mean that there can be incidences where you or someone else accidentally pushes the stamp thus leaving a stamped mark where it shouldn't be while also wasting resources. To prevent this it is recommended to put your stamp on lock when not in use. This lock is usually located on the sides of the stamp. Pushing inwards the lock secures your stamp from accidentally stamping 

2) Make sure your stamp is unlocked before stamping: 

We discussed locking the stamp earlier, and now we need to entertain the need of making sure the stamp is unlocked before going ahead and using it. When the stamp is locked as someone tries to push it down it does block it from moving however doing this action repeatedly, say over 500 times in a year or so, will slowly start to break the lock, and thus eventually the stamp's lock will be useless. In order to prevent this simply unlock the stamp before using it by pushing own the lock buttons on the side and pushing it down. Of course, locking and unlocking your stamp after every time it is used is ill-advised as well, you're better off locking your stamp only when you know you will most probably not be using it in a while and unlocking it only when you have to use it! 

3) Clean your stamp with a dry cloth or brush: 

Stamps are usually considered maintenance-free and though this much is in fact, true it is still advised to every so often clean the bottom of the stamp with a dry cloth once, just to remove the ink that might have gotten stuck between the alphabets. This will ensure a much cleaner and crisp impression every time you use it. Keep in mind you should only do this either when you are starting to feel your impressions are getting heavy or messy or when you haven't done so in a considerable amount of time. 

4) Do not change the color of the ink cartilage without completely cleaning the nameplate off of the first color: 

Self-inking stamp give us the unique opportunity of using dozens of variety of different colors, from which to pick to leave a colorful and alive impression that wasn't traditionally offered. This does however mean that it will incline people to repeatedly change the color of their ink cartilage again and again without properly cleaning the nameplate off of the previous color. What this does is mix the colors together (the old and the new) to create something which was perhaps not really needed. To stop this from happening, simply remove the cartilage and give a few dry stamps on a piece of paper, As soon as you see no more impressions coming forth, you’re good to go!