reviving your cricut cutting mat?

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Posted 12/21/2009 by justPea-cause in General Scrappin'
 

justPea-cause
BucketHead

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Posted: 12/21/2009 11:22:09 PM
It seems like I just started using this one, but it's already loosing it's stickiness! Granted, I've done several cuts with holiday projects and all, but seriously? I think it should have lasted longer. So what can I do to revive it instead of sending it to an early grave?

teachtoreach
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Posted: 12/21/2009 11:42:51 PM
i know there are previous posts about this if you search cricut mats, because thats where i got my info. I find that using a baby wipe regular helps remove tiny paper particles and makes it sticky again.

karenowc
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Posted: 12/22/2009 2:50:48 AM
I usually use a craft rolling pin (can't think of the correct term right now) when the stickiness starts to diminish. I can use quite a few additional cuts that way.

heyheypaula
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Posted: 12/22/2009 6:35:46 AM
I've had luck with a repositionable spray adhesive. I wash the mat to remove paper residue,let it dry, tape off the edges (don't want to gum up the rollers, and give it a good spray. It helps.

Others have used a wide tip Zig glue pen with good results.

I agree, the mats don't last long Either they are way sticky, or not at all. But I love my E.

thetachigurl
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Posted: 12/22/2009 7:52:56 AM
www.mypinkstamper.com

has a video on how to revive your mats. It works really well. HTH

haveitall
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Posted: 12/22/2009 9:43:26 AM
I have been using the same two mats for the last year. When the sticky is all gone just wipe down really good with a baby wipe. I then use a heater or blow dryer to dry. This will make it sticky again. If it has lost all the stickyness then clean as above, when dry apply the WIDE Zig 2 way glue. Let that dry and you are good to go. I also use a brayer to help the paper stick to the mat. I just did a bunch of snowflakes using glitter paper and I used the brayer to help hold the paper down. Use can also use blue painters tape to help hold the paper down.

Make sure when yuou open a new mat that you write the date on the top of the plastic cover and the mat. If you put the plastic cover on wrong it will take the glue/sticky off the mat.

Sylvia in MN

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Posted: 12/22/2009 10:32:28 AM
Wow, this is really interesting. I was about to go buy a new 2-pack, but I for sure am going to try these tips first! I just love me some Pea's. Thanks, gals - ya'll are great!

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Posted: 12/22/2009 10:38:39 AM
I use a baby wipe. I love reading all of the different tips! Thanks everyone.

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Posted: 12/22/2009 10:38:42 AM
I use a baby wipe. I love reading all of the different tips! Thanks everyone.

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Posted: 12/22/2009 10:45:54 AM
I was so curious I just went and did it - it's amazing how much those wipes pull off that you cannot tell is there! They look great now and feel stickier. If I need a shot of adhesive on them, will 3M Spray Adhesive do just as well as the Zig? Thanks again!

simplyparticular
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Posted: 12/22/2009 1:10:21 PM
I use a Repositionable Spray (pump spray bottle rather than aerosal can). I thought it was Aleene's brand, but I Googled and now I'm not sure what brand.l I bought it at ACMoore last year, and have barely used any. A couple of tiny squirts and then a foam brush to spread it thinly, let it air dry briefly and I'm good to go.

I've been using the same 2 mats since I got my Cricut in Feb 08. I've tried to buy new mats twice now, but the glue Cricut is using now is too tacky and smells like Italian salad dressing gone bad. It gives me a headache.

Bree

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