6 Ways to Clean and Restick Your Cutting Mats

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.

Some people claim that resticking your cutting mats will void the warranty – not exactly true! We’ve reached out to Cricut support to get the full details mentioned later in this article.

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How to Clean 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, so be sure to try these methods first.

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
  • Using adhesive remover like Goo Gone.

Let’s explore these different methods…

Tip: Not all machines and materials require a cutting mat. Learn more in my article  The Cutting Mat: When You Need It and When You Don’t.

Cleaning a Cutting Mat with Soap and Water

This is the first method you should try since it’s the cheapest and easiest. This is also the cleaning method recommended by Cricut You might not even need to use soap for this method.

  1. Remove large debris with tweezers. Cricut remends not scraping as it may bury the debris into your mat making them harder to remove.
  2. Run the mat under lukewarm water. You may also place the water in a nearby bowl.
  3. Use a plastic, hard-bristled brush to gently scrub the mat in a circular motion. If you want to be extra careful, you can just use your hands.
  4. Pat dry with a paper towel and remove all the debris
  5. Let air dry for about 1-2 hours.

If your mats are messier, you can try soaps like Dawn soap to help.

Cleaning a Cutting Mat with Baby Wipes

Cleaning your Cricut mat with baby wipes is another easy and popular method. One crafter commented “I have tried dawn dish soap, awesome cleaner, and just scrubbing with baby wipes. It seems like scrubbing with baby wipes works the best and is the easiest”.

Most baby wipes should be fine. One Cricut owner also said she used Purell wipes, while another crafter said she used Clorox Wipes. Baby wipes might be better than cleaning your mat with Clorox wipes since baby wipes tend to be more chemical-free.

Using a Lint Roller on a Cutting Mat

Using a lint roller to clean your mat is another option, the sticky kind. This method can work great if you have a lot of loose debris that you want to remove, especially if you’ve been cutting fabric or felt. Using this method to clean your Cricut fabric mat might work best.

This method won’t really remove dirt and grease, so if you want a deeper clean, use one of the other methods.

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Cleaning a Cutting Mat with Goo Gone

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, use a scraper (an old credit card works well too) to get all the junk off. Wash it after to make sure all the goo is gone.

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Once your mat has been cleaned and dried, check the stickiness. If your mat is not sticky after it has been cleaned and dried, then you may want to restick your cutting mat.

DIY Cutting Mat Cleaning Methods

I’ve heard some people even use “homemade Goo Gone”. Here’s how it works:

  1. Mix together two tablespoons vegetable oil and three tablespoons baking soda into a paste in a small, sealable container.
  2. Use a spoon or knife to apply the paste to the mat
  3. Gently rub the paste into the mat and wash it off

This method is much more friendly as you don’t have to worry about chemicals and it smells much better than other products.

Using ‘Awesome Spray’ on a Cutting Mat

One product that lots of people talk about to clean their mats is Awesome Spray, commonly purchased from Amazon.

After talking to a lot of people about this, the reviews are mixed as to whether or not using Awesome Spray to clean your mats are a good idea.

Some people claim they have been using it for years with no problem, while others say it will strip the adhesive.

Here’s what some crafters had to say:

This does work, but so many people scrub/scrape too hard! Just take it easy and apply very little pressure on the first try, everyone!

The old mats with the flowers on them are sturdier for cleaners but many people have ruined mats from awesome with the newer mats.

One point of confusion is that Awesome Spray says you need to dilute before use. I know, it’s quite confusing since it comes in the spray bottle in the first place. Diluting the cleaner will also help prevent breathing in the harsh fumes.

But if you do feel comfortable using Awesome Spray to clean your mats, here’s one method to try:

How to Restick Your Cutting Mat

Before you restick your Cricut or Silhouette cutting mat, it’s important to tape around all the edges. This is to prevent any adhesive that is added from getting onto the edges, which may interfere with your machine’s 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 sticky mat adhesives you can try:

  • 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 the 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.

Using Contact Paper on a Cutting Mat

One trick you can use to keep your mats clean is to use contact paper. How does it work? You place a sheet of contact paper sticky side up on your cutting mat. The sticky cutting mat will hold the contact paper, while the contact paper holds your material.

Once your contact paper gets dirty, simply peel it off and replace it. This is especially handy when you are cutting fabric so you don’t get all the fuzzies stuck to your mat.

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Does Resticking Your Cricut Mat Void the Warranty?

Some people claim that resticking your cutting mats will void the machine’s warranty. I’ve often heard it cited as “misuse and improper maintenance”. But is this actually true?

Well, I decided to go read the warranty info myself. I did find this little piece of info where the warranty is not covered:

Failure resulting from misuse (including but not limited to use beyond the Machine’s capacity or capability), use in a business or for commercial purposes, use with unauthorized software, accident, modification, unsuitable physical or operating environment, or improper maintenance by you.

So does resticking your cutting mat count as “misuse”? It probably does since it’s not authorized by Cricut. However, there’s a very important distinction here, and those are the word “resulting from”.

Resticking your Cricut cutting mat will not void the machine’s warranty unless it was the cause of failure. This means you can use restick cutting mats as long as they don’t cause issues with your machine. If you have a problem that was unrelated like hardware failure, your machine will still be under warranty.

I even reached out to a Cricut Support Specialist over chat and this is what they had to say:

Me: Hi there, will re-sticking the Cricut mat with an adhesive void the machine’s warranty?
Cricut: If you do and you get any adhesive inside the machine and causing any problems with cutting then it would void the warranty
Cricut: Basically if it causes the machine to get stuck or cause cutting problems it would void the warranty
Me: makes sense, thanks!

So yes, feel free to restick your cutting mats. Just be sure not to get the rollers, blade, or other parts of the machine sticky.

Other Cutting Mat Tips

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.
  • Don’t use nail polish remover. It contains acetone which will break down the cutting mat, which is made from PVC.
  • Don’t use a hair dryer to dry your mat. The heat from the hair dryer has been known to warp the cutting mat. If you find your mat is warped, check out my article How to Fix a Warped Cutting Mat.
  • Learn more how to care for your cutting mat and extend its life in my article, How To Care for Cutting Mats for a Longer Shelf Life.
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75 thoughts on “6 Ways to Clean and Restick Your Cutting Mats”

  1. Just curious, I’ve been debating here lately actually giving my mats a quick wipe down every night and hanging them to dry. They seem so lifeless and even flimsy a bit. I’m hoping this works. I upgraded from expression to explore this feb and even that new mat seems almost unsalvageable. I’m hoping this will bring life back into my mats bc a craft room with bad, useless mats just isn’t a craft room!

  2. Oh man, i used Allenes tacky spray last night and it def DOESNT work. My mats have a thick layer on them an NO tackiness. Soaking them tonight and trying another glue alternative.

  3. Do you know If any glue stick Will do the work? Or it has to be Elmer’s I just wanted to try whit a Prang glue stick I have

      • You have to watch the depositional part. The repositionable Elmer’s glue stick is only that way for a few minutes and then it dries to a permanent bond. I went to get them today and saw that.

  4. I am a new customer of Silhouette Cameo. Am using the Cricut mat, less expensive and sturdier than the Cameo mat. I have used Clips Cutting Mat Adhesive on those mats. Seems to work, but is there a better adhesive on the market?

  5. omg im on my 3rd mat as no longer sticky, i am in the uk so hopefully i can fix it woth stuff we sell over here!

    • I’m UK based too. I just wash my cricut mats with warm soapy water using scraper to get stubborn bits off them rinse and leave to air dry
      Works a treat.

  6. Why would Goo Gone eat through someone’s mat? Will Goo Gone work on ScanNCut mats, or just Circuit? Thank.

    • There are several types of Goo Gone. They may have used one that is too strong for the job at hand (I have one that smells like lighter fluid, comes in a small can and works really well removing oil paint, permanent markers, etc.). The Goo Gone for removing stickiness, gummy labels, etc, is not as strong and shouldn’t eat thru anything other than the glue stuff. Read the label before trying.

    • Goo Gone and Krylon EZ tack worked great on my Scan n Cut mat. Just don’t scrub too hard or you will scrub the reference marks off.

  7. I have been cleaning mats for several years now without satisfactory results and a lot of elbow work. I have now found the perfect glue remover in the UK. It is ‘Universal Stain Remover & Pre-Wash, by De-Solv-it. I spray it all over and leave for only about 30 secs to a minute then scrape the lot off in a minute. I have to give the mat a good clean with washing up liquid and water to remove the de-solv-it and then it is perfect. Quick and easy. My only problem is I still have to find a glue that doesn’t transfer to my material after a couple of uses. I have tried Aleenes and the Glue stick but the glue makes my Mylar look dirty after use. Hope this trick helps.

    • Have you tried WD40? one of the best destickers ever!!

      Give it a try on a small spot, dab it with lint free cloth let soak in a little then apply a little more and start rubbing 🙂

      hope this works for you

  8. I used a good old sos pad on my old mat and it worked great to get all the muck off. It is dry now but the spray adhesive I was going to use turned out to be no go. So I have to wait to use my mat until I can get the krylon easy tack.

    • I tried Elmers and it did ok but only repositionable for a short time. If I was cutting an entire 12×12 sheet of stuff, I had a hard time removing the vinyl because it has been stuck to the mat long enough to form a permanent bond. I also did t do a great job cleaning my mat and have layers of the stuff on it. I tried to clean but seems I only got a layer or so off because it is stickier than before. :((

  9. I have learned to use “awesome” from the dollar store..
    It cleans the mat, then I use a hair dryer to dry it..
    It works great, the Krylon tack also works

    • Just a note of caution on the hairdryer – I tried this once when I needed my mat back in action quickly and the hairdryer mis-shaped the cricut mat effectively ruining it. I always air dry now.

    • Awesome from the Dollar Store removed the glue after about a minute I scraped it with a bondo spreader and the glue came right off.

  10. I am wondering about the elmers craft bond adhesive spray also. I have that. Just tried cleaning my mat with a little soap and water and it’s no longer as sticky as it was.

  11. I have used Zig Zag 2 Way wide tip glue available on Amazon for about $6-$7 dollars. It is great when you are in the middle of a cutting project and you don’t have time to tape the edges of the mat before you spray it. You just spread it on and spread it out a bit. I’ve used it for years. As for my mats, hot water and dawn and a good scrubbing with a nylon type texture. Let them dry and then use the Zig Zag. The glue is acid free and safe for photos also!

  12. I used the product “Simple Green” in a spray bottle together with paper towels to remove the old adhesive from my Cricut mats. It worked well and did no damage to the mats.

  13. My Light Grip Cricut mat did not fair as well as my Standard Grip mats when I scrubbed with warm water and Palmolive dish soap. Most of the adhesive came off the Light Grip mat. Next time, I will try scrubbing with cold water, no soap, and a nylon scrubber. I think that will be enough to loosen the paper fibers without taking off the adhesive. Has anyone had any luck cleaning a light grip mat? I did not want to re-stick my light grip mat because I’m afraid it will become too sticky.

  14. I just wiped mine down with a baby wipe and after it dried it made its self sticky again ! I didn’t have to use any adhiesive 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Thank you , Maria Williams-I just tried this-it worked like a charm, saved me a trip to Michael’s, and the price of spray adhesive!

    • Yes, it will, just be careful not to leave it on too long (solvent to remove old sticky) and make sure the new adhesive is repositionable. There is a whole YouTube channel on Brother scan-n-cut, she shows how to restock, the mats Just do a search on You tube.
      The Brother Scan-n-cut is the very worse of all the meats, looses sticky after about 2-3 uses. And it is proprietary, because the machine reads the markings on the mat when it does the scans. I use a circuit mat in my Silhuette without problems but you can do that with the Brother Scan-n-Cut.

  15. The best way to remove the sticky glue from the mat that works the best for me is with 100% Isopropyl Alcohol it is quick and easy and cleans well without much work. Hope that helps someone.

  16. i used roller lint remover of my standard grip mat and that the green layer stick to the lint remover so now patches of white on my green mat.

    I think i got the bad batch of mat.

  17. anyone tried sugar soap 2 caps of ss and 3 caps of water make sure u tape ur edges though not to scratch them as your machine may not recognise your mats when u are ready to use them leave the ss on for a few minutes not over night just work like mad but avoid digging a hole in your mat reember sugar soap is a grease and dirt remover just dont overdo it and do it outside and wear gloveslot of hard work if ur a mad crafter but it works

  18. I live in Australia and have a cricut maker I use my pink fabric mat most, i really need someone in Australia to tell us about products here as i have never heard of your products. need to be able to clean threads and fluff off of mat and when it needs re glueing which is best product

    • Hi Del, I have an explore 2 not a maker but I have heard that you shouldn’t clean the new maker pink mats, just scrape off the fabric threads.

    • I just read where they were applying a stick on (possibly contact paper) to the back of fuzzy material before putting it on the mat and it took care of the fuzz left behind. I haven’t tried this but sounds reasonable.

  19. Has anyone tried Elmer’s Craft Bond spray adhesive for this? It says temporary or permanent bond on the can, and when I got it on my hands last time I used it, I was pretty sticky for a good week…. So I’m thinking it COULD work, but I don’t want to try unless I know for sure!

    • Tried it! It works for a short time. a couple of tips though
      1. don’t spray it then immediately put your cardstock or material down, you’ll never get it off.
      2. If you use thin card cardstock for the same reason.

      eventually I just say screw it and use tape…

    • Didnt work for me! Dried and just left a hard bumpy glossy surface, not a bit sticky 🙁 Sprayed Krylon Easy Tack and its getting sticky now.

  20. Heard there was a knock off version of the cricut mat called Nicapa Strong Grip-Purple Cutting Mat, 12 by 12-inch. Going to try it, they sell them for $13.99 for a 3 pack on amazon. I’m so tired of cleaning and or rebuying these things and keeping cricut in business. I use my cutter for business purposes and in my line of work I’m going through 2 mats per week. NOT profitable. Crossing fingers for the knock offs to work. We shall see.

    • Did they work as well as you’d hoped?? I’m using mine for a business as well, the mats are getting worn fast

    • This mat your speaking of is super sticky. I bought a set. you can barely get the protective sheet off of the mat. Took 2 people to get it off. the other 2 mats are perfect.

  21. Visited this thread today and having read some of the comments realised I have Crafters Companion Stick and Spray. It’s a repositionable adhesive. It has worked a treat for me. I just sprayed short strokes on the core/middle part of the mat and had no issues.

    This can has been sitting in my cupboards for several months so glad I’ve finally found a use for it.

  22. Followed this after going to a scrapbook convention. I will try and report back my finding. Thanks for sharing.

  23. smooth cleaning: alcohol cleaning cloth
    full adhesive removal: water + baking soda

    Put a masking foil between the clipboard and the material. It protects and adheres properly

  24. hi i have a question of a different nature ,i own an original sixxix cutting machine and im looking for something to use to make it compatable with thin dyes or thinlets any help would be great

  25. I have a scan n cut. i used regular goo gone that smells like oranges. I let it sit for about 10-15 min and it a light scrubbing with a paper towel in circles and the glue came right off this goo gone is very oily as opposed to chemically so it loosened the adhesive instead of absorbed it. the circular motion helped to ball up the glue i was removing and made it easy to wipe off the mat .then i cleaned it with dawn soap and wiped it dry with another paper towel.

    now i just need to figure out what glue to use that will provide a stickiness comparable to what the manufacturer used

  26. Not sure on all the shipping policy for outside the USA, but as far as a tack I use the same tack to re-stick my mats that I use as a tack on my screen printing, it was made to hold material in place but still be removable without sticking up your garment or other material. I find this stuff to be pretty similar in strength to the standard tack Silhouette pad or green Circuit pad.

    The stuff I use is called “Super Tack” and is made by “eco-tex”, and I get it off amazon so unless there are any shipping restrictions for your country you should be able to get some.

    I find the best way to apply it is to drop a few drops on to the mat and then spread it evenly with a good quality paintbrush, Just be careful not to use too much…A little goes a looooong way! And as mentioned by others previously, make sure to use some painters tape to protect the edges where your rollers will be as you DO NOT want your mat sticking to your rollers.

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