The Cricut machine is a great tool for the paper crafter. It allows you to cut many different things out of paper or vinyl in minutes. The sticky mat for the Cricut machine allows the material to stay in one place while cutting, and after some uses, it can lose its stickiness. There are certain ways you can re-stick your Cricut mat to get many more uses out of it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Liquid hand soap
- Quilter's basting spray
- Masking tape
Pull any paper fibres off the mat with your fingers. You want to prepare the mat for washing and this will allow you to do so.
Wash your Cricut mat in hot water. Make sure your faucet is running hot water and use a mild liquid hand soap to help remove the remaining fibres. You can use your hand, and for the stubborn pieces, you can lightly scrape with the Cricut scraper provided with your machine.
Let your mat air-dry on a towel, face up. You cannot use anything on the mat to dry it quicker, and it is best to let it dry overnight. This will allow your mat to go back to its original sticky form, but you will need additional help to keep the paper sticking to it.
Prepare your mat for spraying. Take masking tape and cover the four edges of the mat. This will help when you spray the mat with quilting basting spray because getting the edges sticky will ruin your machine.
Spray the mat in a well-ventilated area. You will want to keep the nozzle about a foot away from the mat. Spray an even coat and let the Cricut mat air-dry for about 20 to 30 minutes before using it.
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