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Thread: From Don-isewman- A ??? on cutting mats

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    I use the pot scrubber for the non stick pans. Works great and cheap at $ store.

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    another uwse for really worn out old mats cou possible be for bag bottoms . somethign hard you place at the bottom of a hand made bag for support .

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    I just bought a new one too, but I am using my old one to cut batting or fleece (esp. the cuts for tied fleece blankets) because it seems that fuzz really gets into and stay in the cut. I don't remember if it was on this board or somewhere else, someone suggested to cut old boards and use them in bottoms of purses/bags and/or a smaller board for squaring up so you can turn it quickly on top of another larger board. hope that makes sense. I'm sure you wouldn't throw it, right, because we quilters are FRUGAL and never throw anything!

    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    Usually just wipe it over with a damp cloth or if it's really messy go over it with a very worn green pot scrubber. My mat is on it's last legs....my husband got me a new one, but I'm trying to use my old one 'til the bitter end (I am very frugal). Will be interested to see what everyone else does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie View Post
    I simply clean my mat with my lint roller. That works just fine and I seldom need to use that. What are you guys cutting that make such a mess?
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    Maybe you've never cut fleece with a rotary cutter on your mat. It makes quite a mess!

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    I bought a cutting mat cleaner. It says it's a natural product. It looks like it's a soft plastic to me. It bends and it's about 5" long and 2" wide and angled at each end and you brush the cleaner across the cutting mat. Imbedded fibers are being pulled out of the crevassas as you brush it across. I clean it under cold water afterwards (the cleaner). You can find it here: www.designstoshare.com. I bought it at my local quilt shop a couple of years ago and it seems to work really well. I really really really like it. I paid $6.00 for it. Probably can find it for less if you go directly to the company or to an online store.
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    The fleece or batting is what gets my board! I will be trying these tips.
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    I use a damp cloth to go over the mat. Then I use very very fine sandpaper and it takes everything up and smooths it all out when I feel knicks in the mat. Otherwise I use the Mr. Clean Erasers and wipe gently over the mat. I have had my mat for a couple years now and there are no gouges in though either. I only press as hard as I need to in order to cut the fabric.

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    LOL..I have never cleaned my mat, never even thought about it...I just went and looked...still looks clean.

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    This board is so great. I had no idea my mat liked water. This week they are going to get a treat or would that be a treatment! Anyway I'm sure they and my blades will be much happier. Thanks for the info.
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