Sunday, March 7, 2010

Extending the Life of Your Cricut Mats - Advice from ProvoCraft

Extending the Life of Your Cricut Mats: Advice from ProvoCraft

1) Rotate your mat and insert it in the other direction. You'll notice that a full 6x12" piece of paper is centered squarely in the center of the mat. So even though the printed text indicates one direction, we designed it to be rotated as well.

2) We recommend that you use and rotate a number of mats at the same time. This seems to extend the overall life of each mat.

3) Be sure to store them with the plastic film over them. Without them, your mat can collect dust or debris and not last as long. It is also a bad idea to store mats with a sheet of paper on them.

4) Don't cut too deep. Make sure the blade height is set just enough to get through your stock. If it cuts deeper into the mat it just wears it our faster.

5) Don't use a full sheet of paper is you are cutting something small. Every time you put a piece of paper on the mat and lift it up, it will leave fibers behind and take adhesive with it. Limiting the number of sheets pressed into different areas of the mat will greatly expand the life of your mat. (It may also be a good idea to sometimes place these smaller pieces of paper in areas of the mat that get less use - such as the middle or the corners opposite the blade.)

6) You can usually squeeze out a good handful of additional cuts by pressing the paper or cardstock down extra firmly when the mat is placed on a soft surface like carpet.

7) Take care not to expose your mat to extreme heat, particularly leaving it out in the sun. Under these conditions the adhesive may melt and, in some conditions, the mats may curl.

ETA:
Click HERE to see my own 'tip' for extending the life of your mats.

12 comments:

  1. That's kinda basic. Figures they wouldn't state something kinda not obvious. I just bought some of that crafter's companion spray adhesive to restick the 5 mats I own. I don't plan on buying more than that because that $$ really adds up. Also baby wipes are really good, they get the gunk off and get the adhesive to be sticky again.

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  2. Sole, check out this post:
    http://just-a-scrappin.blogspot.com/2008/08/elmers-repositionable-acid-free-photo.html
    ~Linda

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  3. Thank you for all the helpful and practical advice.

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  4. Linda,
    this is some great tips! Funny cuz I was just messin with a worn out mat yesterday.

    Just wanted to let you know that I sent you an award to be picked up at my blog
    www.annlenth.blogspot.com

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  5. Linda,
    These are some great tips. I seem to wear my mats out too quickly. Just yesterday I was messing with one and I used my brayer to roll the paper down so it wouldn't slip.
    It worked!

    I have an award for you at my blog
    www.annlenth.blogspot.com

    thanks!

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  6. A friend told me you could wash the mats with soapy water and it would revitalize a mat that was not overly cut-up from extended use. I just heard about this, so I haven't tried it yet. :)

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  7. I use the Dotto Removable Adhesive by Herma and EK Success. You can find these holders and refills at all Michael's and Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's stores that I've been to. Here's what's a little different...I don't put the adhesive on the mat, I put in on the back of my paper or cardstock or vinyl backing in the area where my cut will be. Then, when my cut is finished, I remove it from the sheet and Voila! it already has adhesive on the back so I can immediately place it down. This technique is especially helpful when I have very detailed cuts. No more tedious spot gluing! I have had the same 4 mats for over a year now.

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  8. Laraglynn, great idea! I'm going to have to try this one. ~Linda

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  9. Great tips!
    How do you get the "yuk" off the old mats?
    Gloria R.

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  10. Have you tried rubbing it good with a baby wipe? Just make sure it drys good before you add adhesive. ~Linda

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  11. .....and, don't let your cat lay on top of the mat!

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