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!

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

Comments

  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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