Saturday, August 16, 2014

Refurbish your cutting mats

I know everybody has heard of or watched videos on how to make your mats sticky again, but it is never enough.
I cleaned the mat with Goo Gone. A couple of squirts are enough. Use a little piece of paper towel to spread it all over and 15 minutes after, all comes off with the scraper. Put some more a second time if you still have some goo.

 Wash the mat thoroughly with dish soap to remove all the grease from the goo gone and dry it well

Put some masking tape on the borders. This is very important. You don't want your machine's rollers to get stuck to the mat.

Apply ONE even coat of  Repositionable Adhesive. I used Scotch® Spray Mount™ and found it to be too sticky that some cardboards got torn when removing them. 

I had to put my mat upside down on my carpet to make it less sticky and that worked great. I've seen some people using Aleene's® Repositionable Tacky Spray Adhesive, Krylon® Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive Spray, Elmer's Repositionable Mounting Spray Adhesive and Martha Stewart's® Stencil Adhesive Spray. 
Have you tried any of these? please share your thoughts.


  1. I have used Crafters Companion Stick & Spray which worked well. It didn't leave my mats so sticky that it was hard to remove my projects. I also used Crafters Companion Stick Away first to remove the old adhesive and I had a very bad reaction to it so I no longer use that. The Stick & Spray doesn't bother me. I have also used a Zig 2 Way glue pen which left my mat extremely sticky. I just bought a bottle of Aleen's Tack It Over & Over but have not yet tried it.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Liz, Please let me know when you try Aleen's glue.

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