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How long should a cutting mat last?

Old 07-15-2013, 05:59 PM
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Default How long should a cutting mat last?

Maybe I'm just really hard on my cutting mats, but they don't seem to last as long as I think they should for what I pay for them. How often do you all replace your mats?
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:02 PM
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I've been quilting maybe 8 years and replaced my mat once about a year ago.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:15 PM
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Mine is 13 years old and is still fine. I use it almost daily. I do soak it in the bathtub occasionally.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:18 PM
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My 18 inch green mat is at least 15 years old. It has finally cracked and I slapped on a piece of duct tape. It would probably still be good if I hadn't used it under my quilt edge with a hot iron. Opps, made it a little dry.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:34 PM
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I have had mine for years, is showing some wear mabe it need a good soak!
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:24 PM
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I've had mine for well over 10 years...
that reminds me. it's probably time for another good soak......
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:37 PM
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Wow! Surprising comments! I have two opinions: Depends on what you are using it for - For example - I owned a quilt shop, and we rotary cut all of our fabrics - I switched out the mats about every 9 months. My home mat gets changed out every two years or so - I find that when it's newer, my blades last longer (saving me money) and my cutting/piecing is more precise. I also make a point of using both the front and back of my mat - they have the same surface on both sides - and I get very distracted by the lines, sometimes! I use the Olfa green mats, 24x36.... I also don't have a "permanent" sewing space, so my mat goes from flat in the closet to flat on the table quite frequently, so I risk warping it......
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:44 PM
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Glad I read this thread. Didn't know you were supposed to soak them.

Thank you!
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:06 PM
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I've had mine for over 20 years and just replaced it!!! I had tried soaking it and it didn't do any good!!! It just dried up and was icky!!!
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