Important Tips To Help Lengthen Your Self Healing Cutting Mat’s Lifespan


 
Important tips to care for your self healing cutting matIf you’ve been crafting for a long time like me you might already be aware of how important and helpful a self healing cutting mat is when working on your projects. Not only will this kind of mat help protect your work surfaces and help keep your cutting blades sharp, but it can also make the crafting process easier and more efficient.

These are just some of the reasons why you’ll see a lot of cutting mats available in certain store wherever you go. Going into these stores you’ll notice different kinds of mats. There are those that are of low quality and there are also mats that offer both quality and value. Having said that though, even if you purchased a high quality cutting mat, if you don’t look after it well and care for it then it will definitely not last very long.

If you want to get the best out of your mat and have it for a long time, you will need to carry out some simple regular maintenance on it. This is actually what most crafters aren’t aware of and which results in them needing to buy a replacement cutting mat not too long after buying their mat.

Don’t worry, these tips are very easy and they won’t take you y long time to carry out. Here are the most important self healing cutting mat care tips that that we recommend you follow.

Clean the mat properly after every use

Once you’re done using the mat, simply clean it up using a lint magnet or a sponge. Make sure that you remove any debris or any fibers left on the mat. You should also clean and wipe the self healing mat before storing it.

Avoid placing anything hot on top of the cutting mat

This is a very common mistake that a lot of people make. Accidentally leaving hot coffee or milk on top of the mat will cause it to warp making it unusable. Remember that heat is the mat’s enemy. You should also avoid ironing any fabric or cloth on top of the mat as well.

Make sure that you keep your mat out of direct sunlight

This tip is very similar to the point mentioned above. Again the self healing mat’s mortal enemy is heat so remember to keep it away from the mat.

Don’t always cut on the same place

You can help lengthen your cutting mat’s life span by not cutting on the same place each time. Cutting at the same place may eventually affect the self healing properties of the mat so as much as possible, try cutting at different parts of the mat.

Always store your cutting mat flat

When storing your mat, make sure that you keep it flat and avoid standing it on its edge. This is to avoid any warping on the mat.

As you can see, the tips mentioned above shouldn’t only take you a few minutes to carry out after using your mat. Remember that no matter how sturdy or durable a mat is, if it is exposed to heat it will warp and will eventually make it unusable. If you follow the tips mentioned above then I’m sure you’ll have your self healing cutting mat for a very long time.

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Written by Jane

Jane

One of Jane’s favorite hobbies is working with handicrafts, especially scrapbooking and sewing. She  is also and avid quilter whenever she can find the time along with her trusty dog side Corry. Jane has plenty to share  to help you learn  and enjoy more about all the popular handicrafts as well as the best tools to use.

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