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Howdy dooo! Welcome to week 2 of Money-Saving Monday, the weekly tips and tricks post to help us save on our crafting supplies, so we have money to buy more!!
This week's money-saving tip is for extending the life of our Cricut cutting mats. As the mats lose their "sticky," it's because tiny paper fibers get caught in the mat's adhesive when you cut. Using a baby wipe to clean the mat will prolong it's life significantly. The first time I tried this, I wasn't impressed, until I figured out how to do it properly. It usually takes me 10 - 15 minutes to work on each mat. I work on one 6x6 inch section of the mat at a time, using a small part of the baby wipe, until that part of the wipe has gotten covered with dirt/paper fibers. Then I use a clean part of the wipe, and keep going. I usually use 1-2 wipes per mat, depending on how bad I allowed the mat to get in the first place! Allow the mat to dry overnight UNCOVERED, and it should be good and sticky again the next morning.
If your mats eventually get to the point where this technique no longer works for you, you can always use Zig 2-Way Glue to "re-sticky" your mats. I've only had to do this twice (on daily-use 2 year old mats.) MAKE SURE to clean the mat with a baby wipe before applying the glue. I use the large chisel tip applicator since there's such a large area to cover. Make sure to only apply glue to the white (cutting) area of your mat. If it goes to the edges, you'll gum up your rollers in your machine, and that's just not going to be any fun at all! Once again, allow your mats to sit, uncovered, overnight to cure. That way, the glue has plenty of time to dry, and becomes repositionable.
If your mat is no longer sticky from the Zig glue, you can always wipe it down with baby wipes and rubbing alcohol. This gives you a clean surface to start all over with the glue again!
Although I haven't tried this with mats from any other cutting machines, the assumption would be that it would work on them all. I would just suggest trying it on a tiny corner of the mat first, to be sure.
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Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E