Does your cutting mat need some t-l-c-? I know my tools could use some maintenance after this hectic holiday sewing season. Tho,I never think to ‘service’ my cutting mat.
Here are some great tips from cutting mat companys and other sewist that will help keep that mat in shape to last longer and make this another great year for sewing projects.
For cleaning your mat several sites, like Charlie at Olfa Deals , recommend the bath method:
Fill you bathtub with room temperature water (not hot, not warm, and not cold) In the water add 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a squirt of dove dish soap for a good lather. Use a mushroom brush (soft bristle brush) and scrub the mat gently getting a good lather with the soap. Then rinse your self healing mat with cool water getting all residue off the mat. You can dry it with a cotton towel, or air dry. It does not matter how you choose to dry it. (Do not dry it in direct sunlight or it could damage the mat)(If you are sensitive to scents, you can add two capfulls of Murphy’s Oil Soap to the mat-washing solution.)
Got a warped mat? Fiskars says to try this~
You can flatten the mat by placing a couple of cookie sheets in the freezer until very cold. Place your cutting mat on the counter and put the frozen cookie sheets on top and weigh them down with something flat and heavy. Leave them in this position until the mat has flattened again for a few hours. This will usually solve the warping problem. Do not use heat to try to fix this, heat will do more damage.
Been cutting lots of fleece? Olfa has a way to get that fuzz out of your mat~
Fleece fibers are naturally attracted to your self-healing rotary mat. To clean your OLFA® mat, use a generous amount of room-temperature water and a few drops of mild detergent. Use a soft, mild bristle brush such as a toothbrush or mushroom brush to create a lather and gently clean your mat. Rinse with room-temperature water and wipe dry with a cotton towel. Please note that warm or hot water and direct sunlight may damage the mat.
(I keep a nylon scrubby and micro-fiber cloth handy to deal with fuzz and tiny fabric pieces)
Just like my sewing machine. Taking care of all my sewing tools will save me time and be a pleasure to my purse. I’ve had my mat for two years. I think it’s time for a bath,don’t you?
P.S. Keep that mat flat! Don’t store your mat on it’s edge,that can speed the cause of warping. Hang it,but storing flat is best. And if the mat has seen its last cut, upcycle it.
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