Your Cricut has now become the most important part of your DIY crafting. Letting you create more than you ever realized. In the beginning you can be overwhelmed at the amount of information on Pinterest and social media. I feel your pain.
Let me share with you some tricks and tips about taking care of your mat that I have collected making your journey of learning easier and more rewarding.
Your Cricut machine will become your go to for all things possible. This is just the tip of the iceberg being broken down into little chucks.
Cricut Mats and their Protective Sheets
There are 4 different types of mats to use with your cutting machine. Each mat is designed to work with its own set of materials.
- Blue light grip is best for copy or scrapbook paper.
- Standard green grip is to best when used with cardstock and glitter cardstock.
- Purple strong grip is used for those materials that are very stiff and hard to hold down onto the mat. Textures, corrugated, leather, etc.
- Pink fabric grip is best for fabrics and felt.
If you land a great deal on 12″X24″ mats, try cutting them in half to make a 12″x12″.
After you are done with using your mat to cut out your project, place the protective sheet over the sticky side of your mat. This helps keep the dust particles from landing on your mat keeping it clean and ready for your next project. Dust is not your friend with your cutting mats.
Keep track of which side to place upwards by putting a label on the side that will not touch the cutting side of the mat. This is a great way to use your Cricut for the first time. (Removable Vinyl works great.)
Mat Storage Solutions for quick access
Do you have an empty wall and command hooks?
Place some command hooks on the wall and you now have a place to store your mats. Use your Cricut to make labels as place markers on the wall under the command hooks, letting you know exactly where to hang the mat. (The clear hooks work the best when your walls are not white.)
No more digging! They are all displayed on the wall and easy to find! and easy to put away after your project. Organization helps us keep on task and our workspace clean.
Skirt hangers on the back of a door are another great solution for storing your mats and allow for unused space to be used up.
Do you have a alternate way to store your mats? I would love to hear how you store your mats.
Cleaning your Mat
So you’ve cut several projects out with your mats and now you find that they aren’t holding the material solid.
Put your mat into a sink and wash it with mild dish soap, only using a very soft sponge or cloth. Rinse and air dry. (Sorry No Picture)
Another method is to use a baby wipe or Lysol/Clorox wipe across the surface. This works particularly well when you have cut felt or fabric.
All the Sticky Gone from your Mat?
There are ways to give your mat new life. Remember that if you aren’t careful then you could void your Cricut warranty (good for one year from purchase).
There are many videos about cleaning and re-sticking your mat, but beware that if you don’t do it the correct way then it could void your Cricut warranty (good for one year from purchase).
One method to use is spraying your mat with a temporary adhesive. If you choose to do this method then you need to place blue painters tape around the outside of your mat, this is where the wheels of the Cricut take up the mat in order to cut. You don’t want those to get sticky, they will not track your paper correctly when cutting.
Say you are cutting the same project over and over again. This will wear a cutting path on your mat. To help make your mat last longer, take care to move your images to various places on your mat. Also, turning your mat around and starting on the bottom of the mat can save your mat, making it last longer.