If your Silhouette or Cricut mats are getting dirty or are no longer sticky, I will show you how to make your cutting mats like new. Knowing how to clean and resticking your cutting mats can save you money, and it can also be fun.
Some cleaning methods may work better on different cutting mats, so try experimenting with different methods.
Cleaning your cutting mat
The first step to restoring your cutting mat is to clean it. Cleaning may be all that you need to do. Once your cutting mat has been cleaned, it may be sticky again.
There are a few different ways to clean your mat. Here are some of those ways:
- Wash with soapy water using a scrubby or a magic eraser. Afterward, air dry the mat.
- Use alcohol and bleach free baby wipes.
- Scotch tape or lint rollers
To really get rid of tough build up, try Goo Gone. Drizzle a little bit of Goo Gone on your cutting mat and spread it around with a paper towel. Wait 15 minutes to let the goo settle. Afterward, user a scraper (an old credit card works well) to get all the junk off. Wash it after to make sure all the goo is gone.
Restick your cutting mat
Before you restick your Cricut or Silhouette cutting mat, it’s important to tape around the all the edges. This is to prevent any adhesive that is added from getting onto the edges, which may interfere with your machines rollers.
Once the edges of the mat are taped, use a spray adhesive or glue stick. Start with 1 coat. If the mat isn’t sticky enough after drying, apply another coat.
Here are some adhesives:
- 3M spray adhesive
- Krylon Easy Tack
- Quilt basting spray
- Bonding Memories Glue
- Elmer’s Repositionable glue stick
- Zigs Two Way Glue – wide tip
It’s important to let the glue dry first. If you don’t and apply material to your cutting mat, your material may become stuck to the mat.
After the adhesive has dried, test the stickiness on a small area of the cutting with some material. If you find the cutting mat too sticky, pat your hands or a t-shirt on the mat to make it less sticky.
Here are some more tips to get the most out of your cutting mats:
- Experiment with different kinds of mats. You may find some mats last longer than others and are less expensive.
- Save money by buying longer mats and cutting them in half
Do you have any tips to making your mats last longer? Let us know by leaving a comment!