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Thread: Cutting Board Problems

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    I have a problem with my cutting boards getting so marked from use that the rotary cutter skips spots. I kept thinking it was the blade but I am now thinking I may need a new board. They are so expensive, except when you have Joann's 50%, that there may be some way to rejeuvanate the board. Anyone with any suggestions? JANE100

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    Can you flip it over and use the back?

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    You can turn it over and use it on the back if you cut by the markings on your rulers.

    Otherwise, you probably need a new board.

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    Flip it over and use the other side. Not marked but if you don't use the board markings you are good to go.

    ROFL great minds think alike. when I hit reply there were no responses and now there are 3 all saying the same thing. :lol:

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    you must really press. my problem was ironing on top of it.. DUH.. warped the board beyond use of anything.

    They really are expensive.. good luck.. have no idea but a new one.
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    I do use the ruler girds on the cutting board along with those on ruler. I just try to switch to different locations on the mat when cutting & turn the board occassionally so that I'm not always cutting on the same lines. Kind of how I try to sleep in different location on my queen size mattress so that it does not get a sunken area in one place.

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    I am beginning to have the same problem. I think I will rotate mine 180 degrees so I can still use the inch markings. My current ruler isn't big enough some times.

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    After use, I clean my board, using a lint roller. Then I cover the board with a very wet bath towel (dripping wet) and leave it for a few hours. Then wipe dry. The board tends to self mend, and the cuts close up.

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    Those are good suggestions.

    Sometimes, though, it is just plain worn out and one has to get a new one.

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    Thanks, I didn't think of turning it over.
    JANEM100

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    Quote Originally Posted by JANEM100
    I have a problem with my cutting boards getting so marked from use that the rotary cutter skips spots. I kept thinking it was the blade but I am now thinking I may need a new board. They are so expensive, except when you have Joann's 50%, that there may be some way to rejeuvanate the board. Anyone with any suggestions? JANE100
    you can soak the cutting board in water and white vinegar, use a soft brush (like a mushroom brush) let it soak for about an hour rinse and let dry makes it like new!!

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    That's an idea I hadn't heard of. I will try it.
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    WOW what an idea. I wil have to try it. Thanks JANEM100

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    I am guesing your cutting board is white! Go with the Olfa green one when the sale comes up again.

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    I don't know how old your cutting mats are but when you get a new one be sure to clean off all the lint-fabric-threads that get imbedded when you use your rotary cutter.

    Using wet or damp cloth is good, but also bend the mat a bit to expose those bits that get imbedded and remove them.

    I had my cutting mat for 8 yrs, using both sides, before I had to replace it. Taking even better care now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JANEM100
    That's an idea I hadn't heard of. I will try it.
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    Heard it on Fons and Porter

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    Quote Originally Posted by JANEM100
    I have a problem with my cutting boards getting so marked from use that the rotary cutter skips spots. I kept thinking it was the blade but I am now thinking I may need a new board. They are so expensive, except when you have Joann's 50%, that there may be some way to rejeuvanate the board. Anyone with any suggestions? JANE100
    I got a Fiskas 24 x 36 double sided mat at walmart a couple of months ago for around $30. There is a grid on both sides.

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    I use a sticky roller for lint removal on my Olfa Mat and it does a great job at cleaning out the little cracks so it can mend itself. It is the green cutting mat by Olfa. Have had it for over 10 yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Those are good suggestions.

    Sometimes, though, it is just plain worn out and one has to get a new one.
    Just had to replace my mat. I was just worn out :?

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    I TRY to use a different areas; also I recently replaced my smaller boards with the Fisker? two in one as they are gridded on both sides. I also like the way my cutter goes across this brand.

    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I do use the ruler girds on the cutting board along with those on ruler. I just try to switch to different locations on the mat when cutting & turn the board occassionally so that I'm not always cutting on the same lines. Kind of how I try to sleep in different location on my queen size mattress so that it does not get a sunken area in one place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JANEM100
    I have a problem with my cutting boards getting so marked from use that the rotary cutter skips spots. I kept thinking it was the blade but I am now thinking I may need a new board. They are so expensive, except when you have Joann's 50%, that there may be some way to rejeuvanate the board. Anyone with any suggestions? JANE100
    Sometimes your cutting board dries out. You can soak in the tub for a while and/or get a large towel soaking wet and wrap your cutting board up. Leave the towel on your board until the towel is completely dry. May rejuvenate your cutting board.

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    I am losing the grid lines on my cutting board but I don't want to replace it becasue I can't find the same size. Its a 30 x 36. I tried Joann's, on line, Blick's etc but no luck in that size. Based on what I saw here (BTW my Walmart has no fabric department) I am going to try to turn the board over and mark the lines with a Sharpie, then turn it back. Hopefully the lines will be crisp enough. Will let everyone know....

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    Before turning your mat over and using the other side, check first to be sure the reverse side is meant for cutting. Not all brands have a cutting surface on the back.

    Also, in addition to the other tips mentioned for caring for your mat ... I use a mat smoothing stone to clean my mats after every project. And make sure the blade screw is tight on your rotary cutter, if you have that kind. A slightly loose blade will cut small grooves in your mat, just like a dull blade will.

    Good luck!

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    Usually, cutting grooves that don't heal are caused by dull blades that force you to really have to put muscle into your rotary cutter. Cleaning your rotary cutter, making sure that you have not tightened the screw too much, and changing the blade frequently will save your arm/shoulder AND your mat. Good luck!

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    There is a product, I think mine is pink plastic, with an emery type stone on it. The stone is not rough, kind of smooth. I use it on my cutting board in a circular motion and it cleans the fabric out of the cuts and helps seal them back up. It doesn't affect the lines on it. I have had my cutting board over 10 years and still using it.

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