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Tips for cleaning a fountain pen

April 19, 2018 3 min read

how to clean a fountain pen

How to clean a fountain pen

Hello everyone,

In writing, the cleaning of the writing instruments is crucial the ideal preservation of fountain pens. A proper maintenance is what makes the difference, as it will prevent your fountain pen from getting ruined along the years. That is the reason why we want to share with you some tips to clean your fountain pen, both piston filler and converter ones.

At Iguana Sell you will find both piston filling fountain pens and ones that incorporate the converter. All selected products are currently in stock .

how do i know when my fountain pen needs to be cleaned?

As time passes by, dust and dry ink rests can gather in the feeder of your fountain pen. This may alter the correct functioning of your fountain pen and modify the stroke. Also, the lack of cleaning may cause damages in the flow of ink.

In general terms, we know that it is time to clean our fountain pen when we appreciate any sign of deterioration in the writing quality. A deficient ink flow or some skipping, are examples of that.

As a reference, in order to ensure that your fountain pen works at its best as well as the long-life of it, we recommend to clean it every 4-8 weeks. This is specially needed when different or pigmented inks are used.

what do i need to clean my fountain pen?
  • Container filled with room temperature water, like a glass.
  • Platinum Fountain Pen Cleaning Kit. Available for japanese and european fountain pens.
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Paper towel

At Iguana Sell we always recommend to know the materials of which your fountain pen is made in otder to ensure that we clean it without damaging it. As an example, warm water musn't be used to clean a ruthenium coated fountain pen (nor for any other fountain pen, in most cases).

In this tutorial we will be using the tools listed above. In case you don't have the Platinum Cleaning Kit, vinegar or a little ammonia diluted in water will also work.


Dissolve the cleansing solution in the room ambient water.


If your fountain pen incorporates converter, you will need to pull it out. If your fountain pen is piston filling, you will need to unscrew itto procceed to the cleaning.


Use the Platinum Fountain Pen Cleaning Rubber Bulb for the water to pass through the nib.


Immerse the pieces into water for at least two hours to ensure that no rest of dust or ink remains inside.


Dry all fountain pen pieces. It is important to do it carefully and trying to get rid of any humidity without using hot air, as it may damage your fountain pen.

We hope that this explanation may help you. If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to contact us via mail, phone (+34) 914 415 041 or Whatsapp (+34) 682 678 786. If you prefer, you can also visit our website or our boutique at Núñez de Balboa, 90 Madrid.

We will be looking forward to meet you!

Have a nice day!

Iguana SellTeam

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