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Pamela Offline
#1 Posted : Friday, January 14, 2011 7:54:25 AM(UTC)
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BigGrin New to cricut and need to know how to clean my cutting mat.
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#2 Posted : Friday, January 14, 2011 8:07:04 AM(UTC)
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I wash mine in warm soapy water, rinse, and let dry well. That buys me some time until I re-sticky it with quilt basting spray.
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#3 Posted : Friday, January 14, 2011 10:19:13 AM(UTC)
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When I clean mine, I resticky them at the same time. I wipe them down first with a baby wipe, clean them off with the scrapper that comes in the accessory pack (not sure of the exact name) to get all the junk off. Then I resticky with the fat ZIG 2 way glue pen and let it dry over night.

In between I don't usually 'clean' them. Flapper

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#4 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 4:32:15 AM(UTC)
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Hi, Pamela, welcome to the message board!

It is important to keep all the trash off your cutting mats. Even a tiny piece of paper/fiber can cause the blade to skip or pull. I clean off all the residue with a scrapper, then using a toothbrush and dish detergent, I scrub the mat, rinse, and hang it up to dry.

Like magic...the sticky is back! Eventually you will have no glue left on your mat, but don't throw the mat out. Save your mat. Because once your 1 year warranty is over, you can use a repositional glue like Zig Zag 2-way glue to resticky your mat.

I like the Zig Zag 2-way glue. I put a VERY LIGHT film of the glue on the mat and let it dry overnight. This is one time that more is not better! Just a very light coating is all you need to revitalize your mat!

Just a thought...wait until your warranty is over before putting a resticy coating on your mats!
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#5 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 5:17:33 AM(UTC)
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I can't add anything useful to these tips, just wanted to say welcome to the message boardBigGrin
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#6 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:06:46 AM(UTC)
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i am with enfys - great tips already here and WELCOME - you will have SO much FUN!!!
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#7 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:26:28 AM(UTC)
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Adding on to the question posted by Pamela ... is there a time period when you typically need to clean your mat? I mean, I know it really depends on how often you use it, but if I use it once in a while (not every day), will it be a month or a few months before I have to go through this process?
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#8 Posted : Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:15:32 AM(UTC)
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I just clean my matts when the sticky is gone.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 5:03:21 AM(UTC)
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Thanks so much everyone. Have had my cricut a year and just starting to use it alot. Still learning. My mat looks pretty bad and a couple times the paper moved while cutting. My first time using it I had a black cardstock on there and it was black all over the mat. I cleaned it with baby wipes, but it has never really been the same. Going to try the great ideas listed here. Where can I get the Zig Zag glue? Thanks again
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:02:49 AM(UTC)
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I clean mine with soap, water and a net body scrubber, let dry and they are ready to use again.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:05:02 AM(UTC)
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Aviatrix wrote:
I wash mine in warm soapy water, rinse, and let dry well. That buys me some time until I re-sticky it with quilt basting spray.


Yep, same here, except I clean mine with baby wipes. The quilt basting spray works GREAT! It's quicker too, than using a Zig pen.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:11:10 AM(UTC)
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I just re-stuck my mat. I washed it warm water and a scrubby brush and let it air dry. After I used the thick zig glue pen. It is stick again, but not anything like a new mat. I guess I will have to see how long a new mat lasts verse re-sticking with zig. I wasn't as impressed with the results as I thought I would be.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:26:02 AM(UTC)
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If my mats get dirty and don't hold the paper well, I find that wiping them down with baby wipes and letting them air dry works well. Once they are dry, I add the protective cover over the mat and it works great the next time I am ready to use them.

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#14 Posted : Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:56:24 AM(UTC)
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Does Michaels or ACMoore carry the ZigZag 2-way glue?
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#15 Posted : Saturday, October 05, 2013 8:11:40 AM(UTC)
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Hi. I am new to cricut forum but I have a question. What exactly is the one year guarantee for the cutting mats? I am so uphappy about the last 3 packages I have bought. My mats have hardly been used, and by the 4th time the paper starts to not stick in spots and slips. I am really careful with them, and make sure everything is scrapped off them, but it seems like they are kinda dried out when I get them. I bought a couple at Joann Fabrics and the others off amazon and am told by both i need to take it up with the company. I have yet to find anywhere i can "take it up" with the company. I dont want to try cleaning them and take a chance of voiding the warranty. Can anyone help?
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#16 Posted : Saturday, October 05, 2013 10:45:10 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: daynalh20128e699b97 Go to Quoted Post
What exactly is the one year guarantee for the cutting mats?


I honestly don't know what (if any) warranty there is for the mats themselves. She was referring to the warranty on your machine. You should not "resticky" a mat (using a glue product, etc.) until your Cricut machine is no longer under warranty. If you do use a "restickied" mat, it could void your warranty.

Originally Posted by: daynalh20128e699b97 Go to Quoted Post
I am so uphappy about the last 3 packages I have bought. My mats have hardly been used, and by the 4th time the paper starts to not stick in spots and slips. I am really careful with them, and make sure everything is scrapped off them, but it seems like they are kinda dried out when I get them. I bought a couple at Joann Fabrics and the others off amazon and am told by both i need to take it up with the company. I have yet to find anywhere i can "take it up" with the company.


Here is the contact info for customer service:

Cricut® support hours

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MST)
Cricut® support: 801-932-1144
toll-free service phone: 877-7CRICUT
email: support@Cricut.com

Calling is usually better than email if you can call during those hours. I would definitely let them know about your problems. Sometimes they will replace the bad mats.

Hope this helps and you are able to get your mat issues resolved.
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