Monday, August 30, 2010

Making Cricut Mats Sticky Again!

I first tried this method over a year ago and then shared it with a video tutorial a few months after that.  I have had so much positive response and questions that I thought I would reshare it with a few more tips that were not included or made clear in the video.  Plus, I had to do my mats today!  I have 5 mats (I think I threw one away before I discovered this method!) and when I am down to only one sticky mat left then I do the other four. 


I first clean my mats using warm water, foaming soap, and a kitchen scrub brush.  Sometimes this is all that the mat needs, just to get the debre off of it, to be sticky and usable again.  If after cleaning it is not sticky enough then I use the method shown in the video.  I do not use any type of sticky remover on the mat to get it completely clean.  I do, however, if I think the mat is needing to have the glue mixture applied to it, scrub it harder getting a little more off than just the top layer but if it is still a little sticky that is fine.  I just apply the mixture on top of it!


I then let mine lay out, they are on my bed now, until they are completely dry.  It doesn't take that long but I leave mine alone all day.  I am usually to busy to worry about them anyway.  Then tonight before going to bed I will walk my hands up and down the mats to condition them.  This keeps the paper or cardstock from sticking TOO well!  LOL!!  After this I reapply the top film protector that comes with the mats and they are ready to use when I need them.  If you have any questions please feel free to post them here or contact me at hidinginmycraftroom at hotmail dot com. 


I know there are many other methods out there and I have tried several others, this one just works best for me.  I have one mat that I might have to get rid of because even though I was careful, making a cardboard frame, I still got some spray adhesive on the edge where the rollers go.  I think it also messed my wheels up on my Cricut or at least I need to figure out how to clean them off.  So be sure whatever method you try DO NOT get sticky over the 12 X 12 area on your mat. 

I hope it helps someone!



Thanks for watching!


 
Have a great crafting day!

25 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial on making the mats sticky again. I will look out for something similar in the glue line, as I don't know if I can get the same glue over here :-)

    Do you have any cures for cracks?? I bend my mat sometimes to get the paper cuts off, and one time I did this the mat cracked through to the other side. It still works OK and I have put some sticky tape on the reverse side to cover the crack, but have you ever experienced this?
    Thanks again

    Paula
    Surrey, UK

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  2. I love your way. This is so easy and no smelly spray. I will be trying this!

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  3. Thanks for this great tip...I am new to Cricut...waiting for my Expressions to come in the mail (should be any day now...whee!!!). So I have been gathering information from all over the Internet...and did see a video about putting your hands on the mat so the paper doesn't stick so good that it won't come off.

    I will try this technique once my mats are need to be reconditioned!!!

    Thanks again.

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  4. Great tips Laurie!! I'm going to have to give this a try! Thanks!

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  5. Oops now I know that I got the wrong kind of glue from JoAnns. Thank you for posting this again. I am writing down the glue name and will try it again
    Linda in Stanwood

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  6. I am new to the Cricut and to your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  7. Wow! Thank you so much after my warranty is up this is the one I am going with.

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  8. This is my FAVORITE method of re-sticking my mats. I've told everyone I know with a machine about this method too.

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  9. I have my first mat that I discarded before I knew they could be refurbished and use the backside of it to protect my table. I work on a glass-top table and this makes clean-up easy.

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  10. Laurie,
    I love this. It definatly looks easy & cheap which are two things I like.
    Will be giving this a try.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Stacy

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  11. Excellent, easy to follow video! I just got my Cricut, so my mat is still sticky, but I will use this method to stick it up again. I've included this video in my last post and linked back to your post. Thanks again!!

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  13. Thanks for sharing your technique.
    I like the text and video as well.
    I will be trying it soon!

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  14. I'm wondering if I could use Aleen's Super Turbo tacky glue? I can't seem to find the Tack it over and over glue. I've tried both Michael's and JoAnn's here and neither one has it. Please let me know what you think? I've been going through 4 mats a month, one a week. I sell on ebay. Your method will save me soooo much money! Thanks..
    Sue

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  15. Just got my Tack-It Over & Over Agaain today -I bought it because of your video. Could you please give the amount of water and glue for your mixture because my speakers broke and I wasn´t abel to hear what you said. And ..... thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!
    Greatings from Germany

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  16. Thanks for the great tip! I am new to cricut and my mats didn't last too long. This will be so helpful!

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  17. Do you use anything to clean the mats BEFORE you do this? I have been using the two way glue sticks, but this looks like a better method and cheaper. Thanks for the tip.

    Would you mind posting your answer on my blog? mimi2trentdrew.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I used it last night on the numerous mats I have laying around my house because I won't throw them away. I don't think I will every go back to buying another mat until my old ones just wear all the way out. Thanks again!

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  19. Happy to be a new follower after finding you on YouTube...thanks sooooo much for the tip. Heading to Michael's RIGHT NOW....LOL!
    :O)
    Jessica S

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  20. So glad I found you....great tip......works so well!!!!

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  21. You can use goo-gone & a q-tip to clean your rollers. I had the same problem and figured out how to clean them. You have to be patient while you clean & not use too much at a time i.e. don't squirt it on the roller, just on the q-tip - other wise you wind up with greasy rollers & have to clean them off with Dawn & water. I figured out THAT the hard way.

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  22. I don't know what I was thinking, and used the glue WITHOUT diluting it. Absolutely NOTHING WORKS TO TAME THE STICKINESS. could you PLEASE Help! It is so sticky that a plastic box from a Cricut cartridge got stuck on it and I could not separate them,Ii had to bend the mat and later call my son to separate them, I could not do it, That's how sticky it is!! Thanks in advance for your help!

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