Fountain Pen Cleaning Slices Roundup

Hey there fountain pen friends! With our Spring Cleaning Sale in full swing through May 15th, here are 5 great slices from Q&A about cleaning & maintaining your favorite fountain pens. Check them out:

1. What Is The Easiest Way To Clean The Threads On A Pen?

2. When I Do My Pen Maintenance, Should I Use Hot Or Cold Water?

3. How Can I Clean A Pen To Ensure That There Isn’t Any Dried Ink Left?

4. What Is Pen Maintenance Like When Using Inks With Glitter?

5. How Do I Clean the Insides of a Translucent Pen Stained by Ink?

What’s your go-to cleaning regiment? Let us know in the comments below!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T14:41:58+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Tips & Tricks|15 Comments
  • David L.

    I use Q-tips for cleaning the section, body (if it was eyedroppered), and of course, the threads. The second video was something the ever-helpful people, Tom Johnson and Kathy, informed me on. Thanks for the tips! I typically do a full-on disassembly on each clean. Other than the converters. I still clean them, but no disassembling anymore. I have had no trouble cleaning out shimmering inks, mainly because I take apart my pens at each clean. Love this topic!

    • Tom Johnson

      David, when I passed that information on to you, I knew Brian had addressed using hot water somewhere, but I’d forgotten where. I saw on Fountain Pen Network where someone was using alcohol to flush out their piston pen. Ruined the piston in the pen after awhile.

      • David L.

        That’s unfortunate. I hope it could be fixed.

        • Tom Johnson

          It’s been over a year since I saw that posting, but I think the person ruined their pen.

          • David L.

            Oh dear. That’s too bad.

    • Kathy

      So gracious, David, thank you. I take my pens completely apart as well. Usually lukewarm water and Dawn do the job. I know many great FP folks, like Brian, don’t always clean pens if they are using the same ink. I guess I just enjoy doing it!. I use Q-tips as well. Keep them stored by my kitchen sink. I suppose if someone comes over who doesn’t know about my FP addiction, they must wonder what I do with q-tips at my kitchen sink!!!

  • David L.

    That opening photo is amazing! Who there is the master at photography?

  • David L.

    Do you think you will be putting the sticker/bookmarks back in the orders? I know that I sound like a kid for asking this question, but I just began to wonder. I made my first Goulet Pens order after they had apparently been stopped. Nothing big, just curious.

    • Kathy

      Ditto.

    • Hi David! No plans at the moment to bring back the sticker or bookmarks. I’m sorry about that. What did you get in your first order with us? 🙂

      • David L.

        I think it was a Tootsie pop and a Christmas card. Plus my order itself of a random ink sample (De Atramentis Jane Austen), two pads of paper, and the ink syringes. I had to grab my receipt to be sure 🙂 There may have been something else, but I can’t remember. It definitely made me switch to Goulet Pens for everything!

  • Tom Johnson

    Nearly everything I have learned about cleaning and maintaining my fountain pens came from Brian’s videos. Here is a great summary of them. Part of the reason many people stop using fountain pens is that they are not adept at addressing the problems that crop up now and then. Knowing what to do and how to do it right takes the worry out. I think this information, along with the tips on tuning pens, is the most important of all for fountain pen users. Thanks for highlighting this information here in one easy to view place.

    Forgot to address the question. My regimen is to flush well when changing ink. Otherwise I do some flushing and other maintenance only when the pen starts showing flow problems, basically following Brian’s methods. If a nib has gotten a bit dry, I first rinse it in tap water and touch it to a towel. If that isn’t enough I’ll do a flush.

  • Tom Johnson

    I forgot one thing that I do. When I’m cleaning small parts, like nibs & feeds, over the sink, I put them in a kitchen seive so I won’t drop anything down the drain.

    • David L.

      That’s a good strategy, Tom. I typically fill a bowl with water and soak them in there. Or I will put them in the bowl and gently spray them with my ink syringe.

    • That’s a really smart idea, Tom!