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Thread: How do you clean batting fuzz out of a cutting mat?

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    How do you clean batting fuzz out of a cutting mat?

    I have recently begun cutting batting for a civil war style quilt that I am working on. I am testing different types of batting before deciding on one to use for the whole quilt. Today I tried two different types of polyester batting, and was really surprised by how much stayed behind in the cut lines on the cutting mat!

    I rubbed some away with my fingers, but, wow! Is there a trick for removing that stuff better?

    (I am thinking about staying with the all-cotton Warm and Natural just to avoid the mess!)

    Thank You!

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    I use a white plastic art eraser. there is an actual tool for this. I'm sure someone will post that info.
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    The nylon kitchen pan scrubbers work too.

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    I did try a fabric eraser that I had on hand already, and it did very little. I can look for the white plastic art type of eraser next time I go shopping. I have nylon scrubbers available...do you use them dry? Or would a little cleaner of some sort work with the scrubbie?

    Do cutting mats need cleaning periodically anyway? I have only had mine for a few months, so have not really given that any thought.

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    use a lint roller and you can use the Mr. Clean eraser. Those microfiber rags are great also.

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    You can get the big pink eraser from the $ store and use it to get the fuzzies out. Basically anything with a little grab to it will help to pull the strings out. if I just have a few bits stuck, I moisten my finger tips with saliva ( a little spit never hurt anyone)and rub over the spots.

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    I wouldn't use any kind of cleaner. You don't really want it to get wet for fear it might warp. Just try the scrubbies dry and the microfiber rags should be good and the Mr Clean (not the fragrant ones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You can get the big pink eraser from the $ store and use it to get the fuzzies out. Basically anything with a little grab to it will help to pull the strings out. if I just have a few bits stuck, I moisten my finger tips with saliva ( a little spit never hurt anyone)and rub over the spots.
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    The white fabric erasers work well for me.

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    Olfa mats = wash them with gentle soap and, yes, water. Use your plastic scrubby if you need a bit of extra oomph.

    Why would anyone be afraid of getting their cutting mat wet? It's heat that distorts them, not water.

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    Use those caramel colored gummy erasors. I have seen them at quilt shops. Probably available at office supply stores too. The soft, gummy texture graps the fibers, etc out of the cuts in the mats. For general cleaning the mat off, i use the plastic scrubby with the knob handle.


    OLFA recommends soaking them in the tub too. Directions on the Olfa website. Not sure about other brands tho.....i love Olfa . What Jan said!
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    mat cleaners from nancy's notions work awesome come in a set of 2
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    Try shipping tape. Wrap a length of tape, sticky side out, around your hand and roll it across the mat.

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    I too use a Mr Clean white eraser.
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    Duct tape!!

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    I just used one of those kitchen scrubbies made from crocheted nylon net (you can buy them here at Christmas Fairs, so I stock up for the year and for prezzies): it worked great!
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    Quickest way to clean is scrunch up a batting off cut, and rub over in a firm circular motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    The nylon kitchen pan scrubbers work too.
    This is what I use too. I have a scrap of rough canvas that I usually use to wipe my mat down for quickie cleanups, but if I've been cutting a lot of batting and/or it's really stuck and/or my mat is just starting to show slices, I take it outside and give it a "scrubbing" with the nylon pad and then I hose it off and leave it flat on the wet grass (out of the sun) to slowly dry out (it's too big or I'd wash/soak it in the tub). Mine is an Alvin brand mat, not Olfa, but I think periodically wetting them down is good for all self-healing rotary cutting mats. I try to do mine once a year.

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