How to Use Brother Rubber Stamps and Preserve Their Longevity
Brother rubber stamps are pre-inked stamps that produce very clean fast-drying impressions. In Uganda, most of our clients who have used them have fallen in love with them. They’re simple, forge-proof and easy to use. They have a durable rubber surface and very beautiful ID labels.
Although they’re easy to use, we have some people who don’t handle them well to prolong their lifetime. This is why we’re coming up with this post to help our customers. In this post, you’ll learn how to:
- Use brother rubber stamps and
- Refill your brother rubber stamps
How to Use Brother Rubber Stamps
Let’s begin by understanding the different parts of Brother rubber stamps. This will help you to know their functions to better use the stamps. They include:
- The stamp holder – this is the top cover of the stamp on which there is an ID label. It’s the one you hold when stamping on a document.
- ID label – this is a beautifully designed identification label that makes it easier to pick up the required stamp.
- Refill holes – these are holes where you power drops of the ink.
- Bottom cover – all brother rubber stamps have a protective bottom cover. It protects the rubber from being scratched or eaten by insects like cockroaches.
- Refill ink – this is the ink you use to re-fill your brother rubber stamp.
Using brother rubber stamps is simple. But to preserve their longevity, the user has to take the following into consideration.
- Always use the stamp on an even surface
Why must you use the stamp on a flat surface? It’s because uneven surfaces may cause two things to happen. The first one is inability to create a good impression on your document. The second one is creating a depression onto the stamp rubber surface. When this happens, some parts of the stamp seize to appear because they are sunken.
- Always put back the bottom cover after using it
Failure to keep your stamp with the bottom cover on may lead to the following issues:
- Exposure to the risk of picking dirt like dust. Dust can block the letters through which ink passes. This will spoil it.
- Exposure to the risk of having the rubber damaged by insects or being scratched. When insects damage the stamp, ink will begin oozing out through the damaged area. This means that you will get a poor impression.
How to Refill your Brother Rubber Stamps
When you see the stamp faint or incomplete, it means you have to re-ink it. To refill it, follow the three steps below:
- Remove the holder from the stamp.
When removing the holder, please make sure the bottom protective cover is on. If you don’t keep the bottom cover on, you risk pressing the stamp rubber to develop a depression, which is bad. With the cover on, hold firmly the top holder and pull it off the stamp unit.
- Use the ink bottle to add 5 to 7 drops of ink to each refill hole.
- Be extremely careful when adding ink.
If by mistake ink drops outside the holes, use a soft tissue like a toilet paper to clean it off before putting back the holder. If you don’t, you risk making the stamp dirty with ink.
Secondly, do not use any other ink other than the one recommended by Brother. And this is brother refill ink (sold separately at Goleza Designers at 12 US dollars which is UGX 45,000/=). If you use any other ink, you will damage the stamp.
Thirdly, if you add too much ink, it will start leaking from the stamp surface. If such a thing happens, make a test stamp on a scrap paper to remove the excess ink.
- Put the holder back
After putting the holder back, keep the stamp facing down until the ink begins to flow through the letters. This is a very important step which takes a while. And it’s advisable to add ink when you’re retiring home after your day’s work so that you give it enough time to settle overnight.
Remember that failure to keep the stamp facing down will result into ink coming out if by mistake you turn it upside down. And this will make your stamp dirty.
Brother rubber stamps are so good and can last long if you use them properly. We have clients who bought them as far as 2009 and up to now they’re still using them. You only have to add ink and you continue using them for over 50,000 impressions.
Hello! My name is Charles Kiyimba, a creative engraver, a professional teacher, a passionate blogger, a self-made graphic / web designer and the founder of Goleza Designers Ltd, an engraving business that turns images into real products. Through my hands-on experience, I share with you free helpful information on our products and services, business, marketing and personal development. Always dive in for more!