The Do Nots of Fountain Pen Maintenance
Taking proper care of your fountain pen is critical. When properly maintained, a fountain pen can last decades and serve as an instrumental tool that allows you to express your creativity. If you’re looking for advice on protecting your fountain pen nibs, traveling with your fountain pen, and how to otherwise clean and care for your fountain pen, we got you covered with our previous blog posts. If you’re looking for straight advice on what not to do with your valuable investment, we have that too. Review our quick list of fountain pen maintenance do nots and check yourself before you wreck your fountain pen.
- When cleaning your fountain pen, never use ammonia to clean aluminum, brass, or copper pen components. Ammonia can corrode these metals, ruining your nib, converter, or barrel.
- Do not soak the barrels of pens coated with a nitrocellulose lacquer in ammonia, as it can discolor the plastic covering.
- Use cool water only when flushing and rinsing your fountain pen. Never use hot water as it can damage the inside components.
- Only use water to flush your fountain pen. Do not use soaps or cleaners as they can damage your pen.
- Do not use any abrasive or chemical cleaners to wipe the barrel of your fountain pen. They may permanently damage the finish. If your goal is to buff out tiny scratches or cracks in a fountain pen with a fine resin finish, simply use a clean, soft cloth.
- Do not store your fountain pen with the cap off. Exposure to air may dry out the ink inside the pen. Instead, always store your fountain pen with the cap on.
- Do not loan your fountain pen to someone else. Over time your fountain pen will adapt to your precise writing style and pressure. If you lend your pen to someone, you risk it becoming damaged or otherwise negatively impacted.
- Do not expose your fountain pen to excessive heat and humidity. Store it in a cool, dry place.
- Do not store your fountain pen with ink inside if you anticipate not using it for a long period of time. Empty all of the ink out of a pen you don’t intend to use regularly.