Separate Stamps from paper


Soaking stamps is one of the basics that every stamp collector must know. It’s how you can make used stamps presentable in your collection. It may take some time, but be patient as bit hurry can spoil everything.


Ø  Trim & Sort the envelopes – Separate bright colored envelopes from the rest, as the color may run off and spoil the other stamps. Now, trim the excess paper from around the stamp, but be careful not to cut the stamp. While cutting the paper from around the stamps, all ink writing should be removed as close as possible, as the ink can run off in water and can spoil the stamps.

Ø  Soaking Stamps – Take a small bowl of lukewarm water and add a few stamps on paper to it. Do not use hot water. As the quantity goes increasing, you become more experienced, then you can move to more stamps in large container. Float the stamp facing up as the gummed side is below the water level.

Ø  Separate stamps from paper – After a few minutes, stamps begin to float free from paper. Remember that when stamps are wet, it becomes very weak & can be easily torn. So, let the water do the work of getting the stamps off the paper backing.

Ø  Rinse – Now rinse the stamps very gently in fresh water and make sure all the glue and backing paper is off the stamp. Place the stamps facing down to dry on newspaper or paper towels.

Ø  Once, stamps are dried put them in a book so that they can be made flat.


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