Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to clean your circut mats

Here is one for our fellow crafters!
How to clean your cricut mats!!!!!
If you have a cricut, you know how important the mat is. The problem is...... these things are SO expensive and they simply don't last long enough! After just a few uses, it seems the stickiness has worn off and paper is sliding everywhere.
Well, in order to keep the costs down for our customers, we've had to become resourceful. One thing we do is scotch tape the paper to mat so that it stays put. But sometimes, even THAT starts to not work..... and here is why:
DUST! The mats are meant to be sticky for a long time, but over time, the fibers from the papers you use to cut and other dust, fur, lint, whatever is flying around the house gets stuck to it too.
Take a close look at your mat......... I bet it looks a lot like this:

Luckily I have a great solution! WASH YOUR MATS!
It's simple! make sure to clear off as much of the paper and particles as you can off of your mat and then add some dish soap to it.

Get your hands nice and wet and start to rub in a circular motion, starting in the middle and work your way out.

Be sure to really put some elbow grease into it! Then simply rinse with water and allow to air dry. (usually overnight)
And you will have a sticky mat again!! It won't be like BRAND new, but it will definitely work much better! You can keep doing this over and over again!!! Eventually it will stop working, but by then you've extended the life of your mat so far that you should be proud!! (and you've saved yourself a bundle!)
With as much as we use our mats, this has been a life saver!!
Enjoy! <3

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