How to Clean Your Cricut Cutting Mat

Every Cricut cutting machine comes with a cutting mat, which is essential for ensuring accurate and precise cuts. This mat provides a stable cutting surface that plays a crucial role in determining the quality of your cuts. Over time, the mat will lose its stickiness and wear out due to frequent use.

Hello everyone, it’s Lindsey here with another helpful Cricut tip. In today’s article, I will be sharing some useful DIY hacks and tips for cleaning and maintaining your Cricut cutting mat to keep it in good condition.

Did you know that you don’t always have to replace your cutting mat when it loses its tackiness? With a few simple cleaning DIY hacks, you can give your cutting mat a new lease on life!

Let’s dive into our first set of tips for cleaning your standard cutting mats.

Cleaning Your Cricut Mat

Before we get started, here’s a list of supplies you’ll need to clean your mat. Don’t worry, these supplies are affordable and you probably already have them at home or can find them at your local dollar store.

Supply List

Dish soap
Lint roller
Dish brush
Plastic scraper tool

If you use your Cricut Maker regularly, I recommend washing debris from your mat after every 50 projects. This simple step can extend the life of your cutting mat and ensure a consistently smooth and stable cutting surface.

Keep a clear protective sheet on your cutting mat

Cricut cutting mats come with a clear protective sheet to prevent dirt and dust from sticking to the mat. It’s important to clean this sheet regularly before placing it back onto the mat to ensure maximum protection.

Use a lint roller and a plastic scraper

Keep your mat free of debris with a simple lint roller or plastic scraper. To use the lint roller, run it over the mat to pick up any leftover vinyl, fabric, or paper. For stubborn debris, use a plastic scraper to gently release the scraps from the mat.

Use warm water, dish soap, and a brush to keep your mat clean

The best way to clean a Cricut cutting mat is to use warm water and dish soap along with a plastic scraper or brush. Gently scrub the surface in a circular motion until it’s clean.

After washing your mat, make sure to allow it to air dry completely before using it again. This will help the stickiness to return.

Use baby wipes to clean your Cricut mat

Baby wipes are a cost-effective and convenient way to clean your Cricut mats. Keep a bag of wipes in your craft area to easily clean up spills and messes on your mat.

How do I get my Cricut mats sticky again?

Cleaning your cutting mat is usually enough to revitalize its stickiness. However, if your mat is old and cleaning doesn’t help, there’s an easy hack you can try

IMPORTANT: Please note that this tip may void your Cricut machine’s warranty. Adding glue to your mat can cause excessive adhesive buildup and potentially lead to a jam.

Simple steps to restick a Cricut mat

First, remove any dirt, debris, or leftover materials from your mat using the scraper tool. Then, clean your mat thoroughly with baby wipes or soap and water.

After cleaning your mat, tape off the outer border where the rollers touch the mat using masking tape or blue painter’s tape. This will protect the edges and prepare the mat for applying the new adhesive.

Next, apply the new adhesive to the mat. One recommended option is Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive, a temporary and repositionable material. To apply, follow the directions on the back of the can and spray the adhesive evenly onto the mat.

After spraying the adhesive, allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. This will ensure that the adhesive has enough time to set properly and will provide maximum stickiness to your mat.

All of these cleaning methods can be used across Cricut’s range of cutting mats, including the Blue, Pink, Green, and Purple mats.

In conclusion, keeping your Cricut cutting mat clean and in good condition is essential for achieving accurate and precise cuts. By following the cleaning and maintenance tips outlined in this article, you can prolong the life of your mat and ensure that it continues to provide a smooth and stable cutting surface for all your crafting projects.

Remember to clean your mat regularly, protect it with a clear sheet, and use simple DIY cleaning hacks to remove debris and dirt. If your mat starts to lose its stickiness, you can use a temporary adhesive like Spray n Bond to revitalize it. By taking good care of your cutting mat, you can maximize your crafting potential and create beautiful projects with ease.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article! I hope you learned how to clean your Cricut cutting mat with these tips and hacks. Don’t forget to share this article with your crafting friends and follow us on social media for more Cricut-related content. Happy crafting!

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