How Do I Take Care of my Cricut Mats?
I find Cricut mats challenging. We all know that as paper builds up on them, they lose their stickiness and cuts are messed up. We also know that they can be pricy. So how do we prolong their life?
I saw a few tips on YouTube a long time ago when I first began having this problem. I have tried several things and still don't have the answers. I usually clean my mats every few uses with baby wipes. That helps a bit, but the problem is that the wipes leave behind little fibers that you may not be able to see. It seems to be a helpful quick fix, but it is not permanent. When they have really been scrubbed down, I then go over the mat with a Zig 2-way pen and let it dry overnight. This makes the mat sticky again. However, I recently did this and ended up with nice sticky mats that still had a build-up on them. Apparently, I had not cleaned them well enough and my wipes had left fibers.
After cleaning one of my mats with baby wipes last night, this is what it still looked like:
It's not a great photo, but the next one tells the story. I decided to grab my Stazon Stamp Cleaner (because that's the only kind I have) and I sprayed it. I grabbed my Pampered Chef clay scraper (yes I use these things to scrape more than my stoneware pizza pans) and went to work. This is what came off the mat:
Ewww (and remember that was after I had already scrubbed it with baby wipes)...
Voila and the finished mat:
Unfortunately, the pictures don't show a huge difference. I can tell you that my mats are much stickier this morning though and I didn't add glue. We will see if it needs it in the future, but for now, I'm leaving them as is.
So how do you take care of your mats? Do you have a tip on prolonging their life? We would love to hear how you do!