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A Cricut mat somehow loses its purpose when the surface has become inaccurate and unable to produce precise cuts. BestLifeTips will share with you how to clean Cricut mat when it becomes dirty and not sticky anymore in this article.
Cricut mat types
When it comes to crafting, a Cricut is a familiar and useful tool that lets creative crafters cut and score nearly any design into hundreds of materials, including vinyl, paper and fabric.
Cricut mat is a sticky mat that is used in Cricut machine. It’s the surface where you cut all your projects. These mats are meant to last for 25-40 uses, but cleaning them can extend their life.
There are four types of Cricut mats: Light Grip (blue), Standard Grip (green), Strong Grip (purple), and Fabric (pink). Depend on the materials that you are working with, you will need a different mat. If you don’t use the correct mat for your project, you risk running your materials and then have a tough time removing them from the mat.
- Light Grip – Blue mat
This mat was designed to cut lightweight materials. The most common materials you can cut with the Light Grip mat are normal paper; thin cardstock; construction paper and regular vinyl.
- Standard Grip – Green mat
This is the most common and affordable one. It’s designed to work with medium-weight materials. You can cut cardstock, heat transfer vinyl, permanent or removable vinyl on this mat.
- Strong Grip – Purple mat
This mat is designed to hold heavy materials in place. The most common materials you can cut with the Strong Grip mat are thick and glitter cardstock; balsa and basswood; chipboard; posterboard and leather.
- Fabric Grip – Pink mat
The Pink mat is the newest mat. It’s specially designed to cut fabric. And this is the mat that gets dirty the easiest. You can cut bonded fabric or any types of fabric with the rotary blade and Cricut Maker.
How to clean Cricut mat with dish soap?
You can lean a Cricut mat with dish soap and warm water. Choose a mild dish soap for the best result. Here are steps for how to clean Cricut mat with dish soap.
Step 1: Use the scraper tool to remove excess material from the mat.
Step 2: Lay the mat on a flat waterproof surface, like a kitchen counter. Gently scrub the surface of the mat in a circular with soap and warm water, using a clean dishcloth or a soft dish brush.
Step 3: Let the mat dry completely before using.
Warning: Do not use hand soap with lotion or oil. Do not use too hot water as the heat warps the Cricut mats, so they won’t fit well in your machine.
How to clean Cricut mat with Awesome Spray?
Here is how to clean Cricut mat with Awesome Spray.
Step 1: Spray the mat with cleaning spray.
Step 2: Let the mat sit for about 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Gently use a scraper or a squeegee to scrape the residue off the mat’s surface. Use very light pressure in order not to damage the mat.
Step 4: Rinse the mat with warm water. Lay it or hang it vertically to dry.
You should consider using this method since there are mixed reviews online. It works for some people while others don’t.
How to clean Cricut mat with baby wipes?
For this method of how to clean Cricut mat with baby wipes, any kinds of baby wipe will do. You can use what your family currently had.
Step 1: Remove the plastic protective cover and set this aside.
Step 2: Lay your Cricut mat on a flat surface, like a table or countertop.
Step 3: use a baby wipe to clean the residue off the surface of your mat. You can start with the top left corner square of your mat. Move the wipe in a circular motion, cleaning one square at a time.
Step 4: Replace the wipe as needed for cleaning your mat. This depends on how dirty your mat is and how much residue needs to be cleaned.
Step 5: Let the mat dry completely before using.
How to clean Cricut mat with Goo Gone?
There is another product that you can use to clean your Cicut mat. That is Goo Gone. Below is the solution for how to clean Cricut mat with Goo Gone.
Step 1: Put a small amount of Goo Gone on your mat. Spread it around with a tissue. Leave it for about 15 minutes.
Step 2: Use a scraper, or an old credit card if you don’t have a scraper, to remove the dirt.
Step 3: Wash your mat to make sure all the product is gone.
Step 4: Once it’s clean and fully dried, check if it’s sticky enough. If it’s not, you will need to make your Cricut mat sticky again.
How to restick Cricut mat?
Sometimes, all you need to do is clean your mat to make it sticky again. But if your mat is older or more damaged, cleaning may not do the trick by itself. If cleaning doesn’t make your mat sticky again, you may need to try other ways to make it sticky.
You can use adhesive products to restick the mat. There are many types of adhesive. Many people recommend using Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive, which is a temporary re-positionable adhesive material. You can also try Loctite and Krylon brand re-positionable adhesive, Tacky Glue, Zig Adhesive, and Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over.
Here’s how to restick Cricut mat.
Step 1: Before starting, read the directions of your spay-on adhesive. Each brand will have different requirements for spray distance and dry time.
Step 2: Secure the mat’s edges with painter’s tape to protect the borders from the glue. Be careful and accurate with your tape placement. If there is any adhesive on the non-sticky edges, it could ruin your Cricut machine.
Step 3: Remove any remaining adhesive from the mat to make sure your spray will provide an even coating. Apply rubbing alcohol or a product such as a glue remover. Then use a scraper to lift any remaining adhesive.
Step 4: Spray the adhesive using a slow, even motion to cover the mat entirely. If your adhesive product requires you to brush the surface, do it.
Step 5: let the adhesive rest and bond to the mat for about 15-20 minutes. Remove the painter’s tape. Inspect the finished product to make sure there’s no adhesive.
How to store Cricut mats?
Storing mats in areas with high heat or high humidity can be a dangerous game. Warping is very common for all types of cutting mats so we should make sure that they are stored properly.
If you don’t have space to keep a bunch of mats safely stored laying flat somewhere, you can hang them on the wall using hanging supplies. But remember to hang them on dry walls. This is a low maintenance solution but high-value result. You should try it.
Some crafters store the Cricut mats on a shelf or store them flat in the pocket within the Cricut machine tote. The goal is to keep the mats flat and not bent.
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