How to Clean a Montblanc Pen: Tips and Tricks for Optimal Performance
how to clean montblanc fountain pen

Montblanc pens are beautiful writing instruments that were made by the company of the same name. They’ve been around since 1906 and have always had a reputation for being high-quality pens with great craftsmanship.

Montblanc pens are quite exquisite and it’s best to keep them in a well-maintained state. This blog post discusses how to clean Montblanc fountain pen properly. It also advises on what different parts of the pen need to be cleaned and provides some tips and tricks for optimal performance.

Parts of a Montblanc Pen to be Cleaned

how to clean montblanc fountain pen

The parts to be cleaned are the nib and feed, cartridge or converter (if applicable), ink color sac, cap band, barrel, and section. These parts can be cleaned with a soft brush dipped in water.

Use caution when cleaning the barrel, or you risk damaging it! 

Note that Montblanc pens are not designed for use with alcohol-based cleaners such as nail polish removers. This is because they may discolor certain materials like gold plating on metal surfaces over time.

If your pen has dried out after being stored without airtight caps for long periods, soaking them overnight might help loosen any crusty build-up inside before using the methods below. 

How to Clean Montblanc Fountain Pen: The Process


Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any ink residue from the nib. 

If the nib is particularly dirty, you can use diluted dish soap (two drops per cup of clean water) to help loosen the ink color. Gently scrub the nib with a soft brush dipped in the solution and then rinse it under faucet water until no more ink comes off on your fingertip when you rub it against the nib.


You may need to use tweezers or needle-nose pliers if there is dried-up gunk stuck inside here because that can be difficult for fingers alone. Just soak everything thoroughly with clean warm water before attempting removal so nothing gets damaged while removing tough stuff like hardened glue.

After cleaning out all debris from the area underneath where cartridges fit into place (which usually consists mostly of dirt) and replacing the cartridge in its original position, check one last time by blowing air through the opening at the top end of the barrel (where ink enters).

If everything looks good and the air passes through smoothly, you’re done!

The Cartridge or Converter 

Remove the cartridge or converter from the pen and soak it in warm water for a few minutes. Use a soft brush to clean it, being careful not to damage any of the parts.

Replace the cartridge or converter into the pen.

Ink Sac

Soak the ink sac in water for a few minutes, then use a soft brush to clean it.

If the ink sac appears to be ripped or torn, it will need to be replaced. You can purchase a new one directly from Montblanc, or take your pen to an authorized dealer for assistance.


Use a soft cloth dampened with lukewarm water to clean the barrel of your pen. Do not use any type of cleaning agent, as this may damage the finish on the barrel.

Cap Band

Gently wipe down the cap band with a soft cloth or soft towel dipped in clean water to remove any smudges or dirt.

Section / Grip

The section (the part that goes into your hand when you write) can be cleaned with a soft cloth that has been dipped in water. 

Be careful not to get the section wet if it is made of metal, as this may damage it.

Tips and Tricks For Optimal Pen Performance

Now that your Montblanc pen is clean, here are some tips and tricks for best performance:

  • If you’re not going to use your pen for an extended period, store it securely with the cap on to prevent the ink from drying out.
  • When not in use, keep your pen capped and stored in a dry place away from direct sunlight or heat exposure.
  • Avoid leaving your pen uncapped for long periods, as this will cause the ink to dry out and clog up your pen. If this happens, use a cotton swab dipped in warm water to loosen any dried ink from the nib before writing again.
  • Montblanc pens are not designed for use with alcohol-based cleaners such as nail polish remover because they may discolor certain materials over time.
  • If you’re using a cartridge or converter, check that it’s filled with enough ink before attempting anything else (the end of most cartridges has an opening where you can see how much is left). To fill up either one of these options again, just unscrew both ends off until they come apart at their seams and then pour any type of liquid ink into it until full.
  • If you’re using a piston filler pen, unscrew both ends until they come apart at their seams and then pour in some clean water (about halfway up).
  • Once you have filled the pen with water, replace the barrel on top of your section (not too tightly – just enough so no more air comes out when pressing down). Now, all three sections are connected as one piece instead of two separate pieces like before!
  • Insert this “newly created” combination back into its original position within a small opening in between where cartridges fit into place which will allow easier access later if needed.


Learning how to clean Montblanc fountain pen is a quick and easy process, and following these simple tips will help keep it performing like new for years to come. 

Whether you’re just giving it a regular cleaning or if your pen has stopped working properly, try these steps to get it up and running again in no time!​


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