Cricut mats might catch dirt after a few projects. Soft dirt particles on your Cricut mat would mean less stickiness for you. Less sticky mats can be problematic for you and ruin your perfect project. However, there’s is no need to throw them right away and rush to the store to get a new one. We have brought you a guide on how to clean the Cricut mat that makes your mat perfectly suitable for a few more projects.
This Cricut mat cleaning hack would not only save you a lot of money but would also save all that time you would have spent in going to the store and purchasing a new mat.
No matter which variant of Cricut mat you are planning to clean, these tricks work perfectly on every variant of the mat and make them as good as new in just a few minutes.
Cleaning Cricut Mat
1 – How to Clean Cricut Mat With Baby Wipes
The process of cleaning your mat with baby wipes is fairly easy. However, you must make sure to follow the process otherwise it might lead to the loss of your mat and you would need to spend a few dollars to get a new one.
The first thing that you would require is baby wipes. However, you would need wipes that are alcohol and bleach-free. If any of those ingredients are present in the wipes, you would need to say goodbye to your mats and purchase a new one after all.
You must have gotten a scrapper with your Cricut mats. However, if you didn’t get one, you could use any plastic scrapper at your home for this purpose.
Lint roller plays a dual role when it comes to cleaning your Cricut mat. It helps to get rid of the stubborn particles that baby wipes and plastic scrapper cannot remove. Also, the lint roller transfers its stickiness to the mat because of its sticky substance. This helps to restore the stickiness of your mat after this whole cleaning process.
The first thing you need to do is to remove the plastic cover for protection from your mat and keep it at a safe and clean place. Now grab the plastic scrapper you got with the mats and use it to scrape off hard particles on your mat. You must scrape in a straight line and avoid scrapping in random directions as it might damage the mat. Repeat the process until all the debris has come off.
Now grab the baby wipes and start wiping from the top left corner to the top right corner in straight lines and move downwards after each stroke.
Wipe your mat with soft hands and use as many wipes as required. This would depend on how dirty your mat is and how often have you used it for different projects.
After this, grab the lint roller and roll it over the mat. It would make sure to grab any remaining particles and transfer some of its stickiness to the mat.
Once you are done with the cleaning process, place back the protective plastic cover and you’ll have a perfectly clean mat that is ready to be used for more projects.
2 – How to Clean Cricut Mat with Clorox Wipes
For this cleaning process, you need to grab scrapper and Clorox wipes. Cleaning a Cricut mat with Clorox wipes is an easy process.
Start by scrubbing your Cricut mat with a scrapper and make sure you get rid of all the gunk on the mat. Next, start cleaning the mat with Clorox wipes. Wipe the mat in circular motions and use as many wipes as required. This would depend on how frequently have you used the mat in the past.
Make sure to wipe the mat with soft hands and avoid too much force as the particles would reside deep in the mat with each wipe.
3 – Cleaning Cricut Mat with Dawn Dish Soap
If you are looking for heavy-duty cleaning of your Cricut mat then use dawn dish soap and some lukewarm water. First, place your mat in the sink. Then pour some dawn dish soap and water on the mat and scrub using a cloth or a soft brush in circular motions.
Now pat dry your mat using kitchen towels. Make sure it is completely dry before using it again.
These three tips to clean Cricut mat would make sure that the mat is reuseable for a few more projects. If you feel that the mat has lost some of its stickiness after its cleaning, then you can simply follow the procedure below.
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How To Make Your Cricut Mat Sticky Again
A Cricut mat that has lost its stickiness would become less effective and your projects would become more prone to errors because of this issue.
To make your Cricut mat sticky again, you would simply need an adhesive spray. These are easily available at any craft store in reasonable rates. However, before purchasing the product, make sure to read the instructions as each product has a different procedure to follow. Make sure you pick one that you find most effective.
Before starting with the process, make sure to tape the edges of the mat as you would not want to make the edges sticky. It would ruin your projects and make your mat useless.
1 – You need to start by removing any residual stickiness on the mat. For this, rub some rubbing alcohol on the mat and scrub off the stickiness. If there is any stickiness on the mat, this would result in an uneven coating and the result might not be effective.
2 – After this, apply an even coating of adhesive spray on the mat. To make sure that an even coat is applied, slowly spray the adhesive and avoid spray the solution vigorously. However, you must first read the instructions on the product carefully. As some products require multiple coatings whereas, some products complete the magic with just one coat.
3 – Now allow about 20 mins for the adhesive to completely bond with the mat. You can now safely remove the tapes. Congratulations on making your Cricut mat sticky again! It would be as good as new and ready for your projects.
Cleaning the Cricut mat and making it sticky again is an easy process and just requires an hour at most. It would save your trip to the store and a lot of money in the long-run. As you could reuse the mats, again and again, following these simple procedures.