Monday, January 17, 2011

Cricut Mat Lesson Learned

I have two mats.  One is designated for cutting my chipboard and the other is designated to cutting my papers.  I needed to clean my chipboard cutting mat, so I did the usual cleaning with warm water and a light scrub.  Well, I really wanted to use the mat NOW and not wait on it to dry.  So, I decided to use my hair dryer to speed up the drying process.  I was a bit concerned what the heat would do to the mat, but I figured it was at least worth the try.  I have additional mats, but trying to conserve them the best that I can.   I am sure that those of you who are pros at using the cricut, cleaning mats, etc. already know this, but the blow dryer really did make the mat a lot more sticky than just air drying.  So, from now on, I will be using the blow dryer not only to speed up the drying process but to also make the mat more sticky. 


  1. are you using anything to add additional stickiness to your mat? I saw a video about using Zig 2 way glue. First you scrub the mat. Let is dry (using the hair dryer is something I hadn't thought to use thinking it might be too hot...nice to know I can). Then you apply the Zig 2 way glue. It has instructions for using it as a temporary adhesive and permanent adhesive. i have done one mat and it works perfectly.

  2. I have heard of using the glue, but I read that the glue might hurt the machine so I have not done that. I may have to break down and give it a try. TY for your advice.