Cleaning Your Cutting Mat- Tips for Cleaning Your Cricut, Silhouette, Cameo and Other Cutting Machine Mats

If you are interested in MAKING your own mats- please read my post, Make Your Own Mat for Cricut, Silhouette and Other Die Cutting Machines
I am writing this post up because it is one question I get asked all the time- How to refresh a tired un-sticky Mat.

If you mat is a bit dirty I recommend using baby wipes. Give the mat a good wipe down with your Baby wipe (I like Huggies or Kirkland/Costco brand). Why Baby wipes and not just paper towel and soap? Because the wipes have a touch of oil in them which help clean off the gunk. Wiping a relatively clean mat with not only clean it but revive the “sticky” Try it- you;ll be amazed!

If your mat is embarrassingly bad like mine – you would be shocked at the state I let my mats get into- there will never be glamorous photoshoots of my craft area- I can tell you that :-)– You have to step things up a bit.
I give mine a gentle scrub with a scotch brand dish sponge- the gentler one. You can pretty much use any cloth with bit of grit to it- but NOT SOS pad or metal scrubber- you will tear or rip mat. Use a tiny bit of dish soap. The scrubber with lift off gunk and you may also want to use pallete knife for stubborn stuff.
I have had some luck with “sticky” staying if it newer mat- bit Honestly a few shots of Repositionable Spray Adhesive and you are good to go!

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Hope this helps you extend the life of your Cutting Mats!


  1. kaly says

    Thanks, I’ll try this. I have also put my Cricut matts through my Xyron with repositionable adhesive. I helps to extend the life of the matt for an incredibly long time.

  2. Lisa-Free Cutting Files and Craft Ideas says

    @kaly yes the Xyron works really well , too. I didn’t mention it because most people don’t have the larger one- not sure if they even sell anymore?

  3. CRoss says

    I just got my silhouette. What do you do with the mats when you’re not using them? It’s so sticky, I’m not sure what to do with it!

  4. Lisa-Free Cutting Files and Craft Ideas says

    @CRoss alot of people store mats by sticking to mats together sticky side to sticky side.
    this is what I have been doing for years and simplest solution for me.

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