How to Clean a Brayer

Kate Pullen

Keeping your rubber stamping equipment clean is important if you wish to have good results each time. As you keep your rubber stamps clean, you should also keep your other tools such as your brayer clean and ready to use.

A brayer is a versatile tool that can be used in many rubber stamping projects. In order to keep the brayer in good condition, it is important to keep it clean. While this applies to most pieces of equipment that are used in rubber stamping projects, it is particularly important with a brayer.

This is because a brayer can be used with so many different materials, including ink, paint and other medium.

Most brayers have a detachable roller. To clean the roller detach it from the brayer frame. Most paints and inks can be cleaned off the surface of the roller using water. However some inks and paints may require cleaning with a specialist cleaner. When cleaning the roller pay special attention to the ends, where a build-up of ink or paint may occur.

The main body of the brayer can be cleaned by wiping away any ink or paint and cleaning the frame in water (or specialist cleaner if necessary). It is less important to wipe away every last particle of ink or paint from the frame, however be removing paint and ink you will help to stop any flakes of dried ink or paint from dropping onto a new project.

Tips for Cleaning a Brayer

Here are some tips for cleaning brayers:

  • Do not let inks and paint dry on the surface, they are much easier to clean away when the are still wet. Use a cloth or baby-wipe to clean the surface of the brayer as a temporary measure in between projects.
  • Most rollers can be cleaned with specialist cleaning fluid, however check the manufacturer's instructions before applying a chemical cleaning agent for the first time.
  • Do not use a knife or other sharp implement to scratch dried paint or ink from the surface of the roller as this may scratch the surface.

    Keeping all of your crafting supplies clean is essential to obtaining great quality results, Clean rubber stamps, scissors and other equipment will ensure that your projects have a crisp and clean finish. It doesn't take long to have a good clean up after you've finished crafting and this is a good habit to get into. Old ink which gets dried onto stamps can give a blurry stamped image. Likewise a brayer which is dirty will give uneven results.