How do I make my Cricut mat last? Follow these tips to get maximum use out of your Cricut mat. This post contains affiliate links which, when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer, but help support this site with a small commission to allow this site to bring more informative Cricut tutorials.
Many new Cricut crafters are surprised to know that Cricut mats do not last forever. Cricut mats are made from high-quality, durable material, but they contain an adhesive that repetitive use diminishes. This is unavoidable, and Cricut mat replacement is inevitable over time. Even with that in mind, there are some things that Cricut crafters can do that will help prolong the life of their cutting mats.
Always clean the mats after use. There are often scraps left over on the mat after cutting, especially with card stock projects. Remove these pieces with a Cricut scraper or Cricut spatula before storing the mats.
Store the Cricut Mats with the clear film cover. The clear film will help prolong the life of the adhesive on the mat by preventing dust, dirt, hair, and other debris from clinging to the mat.
Try to use the correct material for each mat. If you are unsure what materials should be used with which mat, view this informative post. This tip is particularly important because incorrect materials used on a mat will be often be terribly difficult to remove. For instance, regular card stock used on a brand new StandardGrip Cutting mat may be almost impossible to remove in one piece. I’ve made this mistake before, and it took a hour to scrap all the card stock off of the mat!
Store the mats either flat or hanging. Some crafters have enough storage space to place hooks on their walls to hang their Cricut mats. Others store them on a shelf. I personally store mine flat in the pocket within the Cricut machine tote. Flat on a shelf will do fine, as well. The goal is to keep the mats flat and not bent.
Some crafters attempt to make their mats sticky again by applying a spray adhesive over the mat. I have not tried this personally. There is speculation that re-sticking mats may void the Cricut machine’s warranty in the event that a re-stick-ied mat damages a blade or drive housing. By following the above tips, I have had good luck with mats lasting as they should.
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