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How to Make Your Cutting Mat Sticky – Again!

How to Make Your Cutting Mat Sticky – Again!

How to Make Your Cutting Mat Sticky – Again!

A cutting mat is one of the essential tools needed to make the best Heat Transfer Vinyl and Adhesive vinyl crafts. It’s always used in crafts and is considered to be a necessity. However, what if it dies out? 
By “dying out,” I mean, what if it loses its’ stickiness? Do you buy a new one or attempt to prolong the lifetime of this dying fellow? I wouldn’t refer to cutting mats as cheap, nor would I refer to them as expensive. However, it is cheaper to give your old one a new life to serve you with its’ relived function!
First and foremost, why do we need our cutting mats to be sticky? To answer your question, a cutting mat needs to be sticky for it to be able to cling onto the vinyl as you get it inside the machine.
It would ensure that your machine is cutting in all the right places, which may not be possible, especially after you lose the stick of your cutting mat. We don’t want to do that, do we?
Without further-a-do, let’s start now!
To get your cutting mat sticky again, we have two separate processes. One, we need to clean the surface of our cutting mat. Remove the gunk and all the random pieces you might find stuck onto your no longer sticky mat.
Below is a list of the items you’ll need to clean your mats.
(This method only applies to green, blue, and purple cutting mats!)

Materials:

  • Warm Water
  • Sponge
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper Towel(Optional)
With the materials, we can now begin cleaning our cutting mat. Like most methods used when washing the dishes, we can start by placing a decent amount of dish soap in our sponge.
By putting the mat in the sink and running it with warm water while gently rubbing off all the gunk, we can achieve the clean mat we need.
cutting mat
Remember only to use the soft side of the sponge, not the rough textured green one, which would prevent damaging our cutting mats.
Using the paper towel, you can either wipe off the excess water or let the mat air dry and do its own for at least 30 minutes. After the cutting mat has completely dried, the cutting mat is now clean, sticky, and looks brand new!
cutting mat
Now for the re-sticking process, it’s time to put out the following materials! This process is optional!

Materials:

  • Masking Tape
  • Adhesive Spray

These are the two materials that you’re going to need. The masking tape is to properly stick the cutting mat onto the flat surface. Aside from that, this would also ensure you’re only getting the adhesive spray to where you want it to be.

Not using masking tape for this process can result in a sticky situation in which your cutting mat will stick onto your machine’s rollers, creating a total mess!

The adhesive spray is self-explanatory, as we are trying to get it sticky again. What better way to do that other than using an adhesive spray?

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Now let’s get to sticking!

Steps on how to Re-stick your cutting mat:

1. Tape your cutting mat onto a flat surface; remember to keep only the body of the mat exposed!

2. Spray away!

When spraying the mat’s surface, start with an even coat that isn’t too thin. Doing this will ensure that you got a stick on the cutting mat! Try not to spray too far away but at the same time not too close.

Apply a much thinner second layer of the adhesive spray; you can spray at a farther distance to get a thin layer instead of making another thick layer.

Remember that this trick won’t last as long as a new cutting mat. For one, when you use a cutting mat for a lot of things in a short period, it can quickly lose its’ stick. However, people who have a business or cut a lot can use this hack.

Running over a lot of cutting mats isn’t necessarily the goal here. Investing in two products that can be used, such as the adhesive remover and the adhesive sprays, cheaper than a new cutting mat, can be a wise option.

Pink Mat:

As mentioned earlier, the method only applies to green, purple, and blue mats, which is why this blog portion is dedicated to pink mats! Aside from that, there isn’t any way to clean it.

A pink mat contains a different form of adhesive than the other mats. It’s more sensitive. A factor affecting its quality would be touching it with one’s fingertips, as the oil can cause damage.

A scraper tool is a no-no, as it can damage the adhesive on the mat. A piece of advice we can give you is to apply a transparent transfer tape, sticky side up on the cutting mat, then proceed with the material you’re planning on using.

Taking the material off means leaving the transfer tape on the cutting mat. It means that you’re not imposing any residue on the pink mat, and you don’t need to replace the transfer tape over and over.

Now that we’ve got that all sticky again, don’t forget to share this tip with your friends. Save a lot of money instead of investing in a new cutting mat! After all, you can use the funds to buy more colorful vinyl instead!

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