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Achieving the 1000s of impressions your stamp should last for depends on how it is used and stored.

The impressive figure quoted by manufacturers of '1'000s' of prints per stamp is calculated by a machine (thankfully not a person!) and it's important to know that this figure is referring to the maximum number of stamps not the average achieved.

This said, you can help your stamp achieve its maximum by considering how you use and store it.

The main considerations are:

French Multi-stack Teacher stampers for school

1. The pressure applied to print. 

Pressing hard uses the stamp ink up more quickly and is likely to produce a smudged print which will remain wet for a while and could therefore spread further (so be careful!). All our stamp need only a light pressure to get the clearest image which of course uses less ink so it will last longer.


2. Paper type - in particular its absorpency.

Lower 'grades' of paper, for example jotter paper or recycled paper will use more ink as these paper types are usually more absorbent and so draw more ink to 'bleed' out of the stamp which not only uses more ink but is likely to leave a smudged image too. It's the same as using a felt tip pen on the paper, if it has higher absorbency, the ink spreads more, so more is used. Normal white paper e.g. photocopy paper is the best.

If you need to use this type of paper, try using less pressure on the stamp to help reduce the amount of ink that is dispensed.

Brilliant Teacher stamp for marking

3. The type of paper used. 

While gloss paper or card is non-absorbent, using this type of paper should be avoided as the ink will either not dry (especially on high level gloss papers) or will take several hours to become touch dry.

4. How the stamp is stored. 

Stamps need to be stored at room temperature. If they get cold, allow them to reach room temperature before using. Storing a self-inking stamp below room temperature will cause condensation to form on the rubber stamp surface however, this quickly disappears as it warms to temperature. If you find a slight amount of condensation on the stamp surface, don't worry - this is quite normal and won't affect the stamp's quality or life expectancy.

5. Stamp use. 

Lastly, please take note that the ink used in our teacher stamps is not solvent based and will therefore not remove from clothes when washed and stamping on skin is not recommended.

We hope you find this school stamp guide useful.