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    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
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    I read a topic about soaking your cutting mats. I live in a modular home. Our bathtubs are a bit narrow to handle my large cutting mat. Afraid to lay it with some of it exposed and not wanting it to curl.
    My DH suggested that maybe I should lay the mat on the table and wash it down with distilled water, being it is cleaner water then comes from the tap.

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    Can you fit it in a trash bag? Pour water in and seal the opening up good and let it soak that way?

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    Some people might be able to use a shower stall. They seem wider than many tubs. Put some that press and peel plastic wrap over the drain maybe..........mmmm....brain is clicking now!

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    Din't see the posts about soaking mats why are they doing it ? 8-)

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    I did mine in a tub with warm water, vinegar and a splash of dish soap. It curled a bit on the sides, but I just moved it every 10-15 minutes so that every part of it had some time to soak. I turned it over and did the other side, too, so the curl had a chance to go both ways.

    I then laid it flat on the floor and it was fine. It is still flat.

    I think the key is warm water - not hot or cold - and moving it so that the curl goes both ways and it all has a chance to soak.

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    Why are we soaking our cutting mats? I usually clean my off with a lint brush and it works. Is there something I am missing?

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    Curiosity is getting the best of me too. Why are we soaking our mats? To clean them? To make them flat? Maybe re-hydrate them? I'm going to watch this thread.

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    Some people have reported that soaking the mat "heals" some of the cuts in them. Not the deep ones, but others.

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    The mats get dried out over time and need to be rehydrated to stay self healing. The hard surface mats do not need hydrating but a good cleaning every now and then.

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    the Olfa cutting mats seem to like water.

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