Shop our ever-growing selection of supplies for cleaning, polishing and other methods of caring for your pens. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your pens will protect the nib and body and will improve your writing performance.
For most pens, a simple flush with cold or room temperature water (NOT hot) will be enough to prepare your pen for storage or a new ink color. Simply use a converter to force water through the nib unit. For particularly stubborn pens we recommend that you use our Anderson Pens Pen Flush when cleaning your fountain pen. You can use the Pen Flush regularly, after every 3-4 ink refills, or when changing ink colors, or you can also use it to soak a clogged nib and feed overnight.
What can I use to polish my pen to keep it looking pretty and shiny?
There are a few options for cleaning the outside of your pen. Simichrome works well on metal plated trim, but can be a little abrasive, so do not use it on metal parts that have very thin metal plating (for example, many vintage pens with gold plated trim). Micro-Gloss #1 and Micro-Gloss #5 work very well to shine up your pens, and is a favorite polish of Brian’s that he uses on our vintage pens. We also like the Anderson Pens Klean Karats cloths for polishing metal as well.
Which Micro-Gloss should I use to polish my pen?
Micro-Gloss #5 is a stronger formula than the Micro-Gloss #1 and can remove scratches as small as 9 microns. Micro-Gloss #1 should be used as a final step in the polishing process and can achieve a beautiful high gloss.
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