One of the things that new Cricut users ask again and again is how to make a Cricut mat sticky again, or how to restick the Cricut mat.
When all you really need to know is how to clean the Cricut cutting mat. In this video tutorial, I show you how to clean your Cricut mat so that it sticks again. No messy adhesives are necessary.
The most important thing to get flawless cuts on your cutting machine is a mat that sticks. Next is a sharp needle.
In the past, when I was using the old 6 inch Cricut (this was well before the Cricut Joy) that you had to put a cartridge in to make it work. The way we did it was to clean all the adhesive off with goo gone, or some kind of adhesive remover that won’t eat through the plastic.
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And tape off the edges with masking tape, and finally use adhesive spray or another repositionable adhesive to make it stick again. I kid you not, after going through all of this to restick your mat, its just worth going out and buying a new one!
There are actually a few ways to do this but only two ways that I do it. I have only heard of the other methods and have not tried them. One of those is dish soap or other soap and water, you take the soapy water, and lather your mat and then rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry.
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But the way I do it is, 1 way with baby wipes and the other is using Awesome spray. The only time I use the baby wipes only when it’s not too bad, as long as there’s not paper stuck to it and stuff.
But, basically, you just take the baby wipe, or Clorox wipes work also, and you just wipe off in a circular motion the dirt that you see. Gently.
And once you get all of that gunk and dirt off, your mat is sticky again. No need for adhesives or painter’s tape or anything else to clean your mats.
I always pay very close attention to the edges. Because, for me, they’re the worst and I’m horrible about putting the protector back onto my mat. Again I only use this method when the mat isn’t too bad. But just bad enough for it not to stick very well anymore.
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Once I’m completely done wiping with the baby wipe, and sometimes you have to use more than one. I think I went through three baby wipes cleaning my last Cricut Mat. But still way less expensive than replacing the mats every time that they don’t stick anymore or trying to rig new adhesive on a mat. I’ve done that before too.
If it’s a little damp you can take your blow dryer and blow it dry. And once you’ve wiped it with the baby wipes and you blow it dry, you have the sticky again. I do this over and over and over again before I ever have to replace a mat.
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Because I use it so often I usually clean my standard grip mat with Awesome. Which you can get from Dollar Tree. You’ll need:
- Totally Awesome Spray
- a spray bottle
- paper towels
- plastic scraper or credit card
You mix it one-to-one. Meaning 1 part water to 1 part Awesome spray.
You also need a plastic scraper, paper towels, and a blow dryer. And you just saturate with this spray. Optionally you can use a lint roller to remove larger chunks beforehand.
I pay close attention to the edges and I scrape a circular motion, very gently, but with enough pressure to get the gunk off. You just keep scraping, until you have done the whole mat.
I’m horrible about putting my protector back on. So the edges of my Cricut mats are always the worst, right at the edge where the adhesive starts. Also Awesome is pretty strong so you want to make sure you’re doing this in a pretty well-ventilated area.
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And once you think you’ve gotten it completely clean, you’re just going to take a couple of paper towels and wipe it clean. Then you can rinse with warm water.
Obviously, it’s not going to be sticky while wet. I usually let mine air dry, or just put them in front of the fan, depending on what I’m doing. But for the purposes of this video, I did use a blow dryer to blow it dry.
- My mat isn’t sticky anymore: You are scraping too hard, you need little to no pressure when removing the dirt from your Cricut Mat.
- The color is coming off of my mat: That is going to happen, it doesn’t effect the performance of the Cricut mat.
I usually work my way down to one of my mats and then I clean them all at one time. If you are looking for more info on cutting machines check out Cricut VS Silhouette | Side By Side the Cameo 4 Vs The Maker. Another great post is How To Use Infusible Ink With The Cricut Mug Press.