Textile ink is different to ‘normal’ ink used in office and stationery stamps. It needs a little extra help to stop it from drying out too quickly. In order to keep the ink as ‘fresh’ as possible, please keep the Stamp in a cool dry place away from direct heat or sunlight.
It is a good idea to use the Stamp frequently just to keep the flow of ink going. Even if you don’t need to label anything for a while, it is worth stamping a piece of paper every now and again to ensure the ink pad doesn’t dry out.
The Stamp may need ‘pumping’ up and down before use – try pumping it and testing it on a piece of paper. You sometimes need to press quite hard for all the lettering to show.
If you are not planning to use the Stamp for a while, take the cartridge out and put the lid back on it or wrap it in cling film. This will prevent it drying out.
It is normal for the ink to fade a little after the initial couple of washes. It shouldn’t fade so much that it is no longer visible. The ink shows up more on some fabrics than others so try to choose the best area of the garment to stamp – for example smooth material is better than ‘bumpy’ material such as towelling or fleecy garments.
If you are labelling new clothes make sure they have been washed before Stamping in order to remove any chemicals which can sometimes affect the ink.