Fountain pens over a period of time the ink desiccates and builds up in the nib such as dust, fibers, and flakes disrupting the vessel action and causing the pen to write poorly. The pen is in need of cleaning if it inscribes slow or inconsistent ink flow starts to become scratchy and frisks. Fountain pens should also be cleaned whenever you are changing from one ink to another and if it is writing well then a basic cleaning should be sufficient.
Cleaning the fountain pen:
Step 1: Uncap the pen and remove the nib piece (referred to as the grip section) by unscrewing the pen where the nib section meets the cask.
Step 2: For rinsing hold the nib section below running water for a few seconds this will swab off any easily removable ink. Use cold or room temperature water because hot water may warp or impair the components of the pen.
Step 3: Soaking process, prepare a cup of clean water and place the nib section in it and soak and then replace the liquid when it develops into a saturated with ink. Repeat until the water remains unsoiled for at least an hour.
Step 4: Drying sequence remove the tip section from the water and let it dry between twelve to twenty-four hours. For finest outcomes, leave the nib side sitting downwards in a small beaker laying on a smooth fabric or paper towel to help draw the water out of the unit.
Step 5: Reassemble the pen after the nib section is parched, connect the cartridge or converter if the pen uses one then bolt the nib section back into the drum.
Flushing the fountain pen:
If your fountain pen is writing poorly it is advised to alternate toners it is recommended to flush the pen for a restored thorough cleaning. Flushing basically means compelling water through the tip section until its clean and spotless.
Advanced Techniques: Homemade Cleaning Remedies
Three cleaning solutions using common household cleaners:
- Dishwashing soap: mix a small amount of soap with water to form a harmless and effective pen cleaning solution.
- Ammonia: For hard jams and inks that are mainly difficult to clean, use water mixed with ammonia. Ammonia should not be rummaged with aluminum, brass or copper pen apparatuses for it can corrode the metals.
- Bleach: Bleach mixed with water in a very diluted form aids to cleaning the pen. Bleach and ammonia mustn’t be mixed as they will react to configure toxic vapors.
With consistent maintenance and cleaning a fountain pen can last a lifetime and keep on writing just as well as when it was first purchased.