Unlike disposable pens, fountain pens are built for years of use, if not a lifetime. However, to keep them running properly, you do need to put a tiny bit of effort into cleaning them.
In this post, we demonstrate how to clean all the most common filling systems and offers tips and best practices on how to keep your pens in excellent working order for the long term.
Why clean a fountain pen?
Why brush your teeth? Why water the garden? If you want to keep your pen writing smoothly for the long-term, you need to clean it. And, it isn't as difficult or time-consuming as it sounds. It doesn't require any special tools, either. All you need is running tap water and a towel.
When do you need to clean a fountain pen?
Even if you use the same ink color, you should clean it at least twice a year to ensure optimal performance. If you love switching colors, you will need to clean it before inking up with a new color. If you're not planning on writing for a while, you need to clean it before it goes into storage.
Let's dive into cleaning pens.