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Thread: How to renew cutting board

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    How to renew cutting board

    Many of my grid lines have gouges after plenty of use. Am I cutting too hard? It is a really high quality board. I think I
    read some time ago it could be renewed by soaking in water. Help
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    I renew mine by going to JoAnn's and using a 50% off coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I renew mine by going to JoAnn's and using a 50% off coupon.
    Too funny.
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    I think if they get to far gone, there is no "renewing", it becomes "replacing"
    No harm in trying, and there is always the back side. good luck.

    FIY I believe the grooves ruin my cutting blades, cheaper to replace the mat.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    I agree, they need replacing once they get "in the groove". The accu go mats are pretty much the same thing and you should see them after a year, sometimes cut in two. Yes, I agree with replacement. Also, they do not seem to be as expensive as they once were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    i renew mine by going to joann's and using a 50% off coupon.
    Very funny indeed
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    Make sure you are cutting with the blade straight up and down to minimize the 'grooving'. I seldom use the grid lines to cut anything except when I'm straightening an edge at the beginning so my cutting is not always in the same spot. I have a Fiskars mat that's almost 20 years old and still in great shape.
    Here's info on the soaking of mats.
    http://tulip-patch.blogspot.com/2010...-olfa-mat.html
    And a review of the mat smoother - they do work, as several members here will attest
    http://quiltersreview.com/index.php/...es-a-worn-mat/
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I renew mine by going to JoAnn's and using a 50% off coupon.
    hahahaha......a gal with my type of humor :-)
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    My mat is almost 15 years old and still going strong. I never use the grid lines on the mat to measure. Too funny nanna-up-north. That's how I would renew mine, too.
    Sue

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    I have a self healing olfa cutting board. Olfa mentions, how these boards are renewed. I myself have put my board on a large towel on my dining room table. I use a squirt of dish detergent to some distilled water. I use a vegetable brush, those dish washing brushes also work. They are the ones you can put some dish detergent into. I use this combo, scrub lightly. I then rinsed in with distilled water. Used a sham wow and blotted it, let my board dry, then went over it with a quilters mat smoother. It really works. Board just like new. This can only be done on self healing mats
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    Ghostrider, thanks for the links - the Tulip site was great. Lots of other good info there.

    I agree on your cutting strategy - don't use the lines on the mat, cut using the ruler. I only use the lines as a double-check to make sure I am 'level and plumb' and not cutting parallelograms.

    I would be concerned that abrading the surface irregularities would give the mat areas of depressions and it might affect how the rotary cutter passes over them. Passing a cutter across grooves I have noticed makes it stick and parallel/slipping into grooves gets the cutter out of alignment. Maybe I'm just suffering from beginner's fussiness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Make sure you are cutting with the blade straight up and down to minimize the 'grooving'. I seldom use the grid lines to cut anything except when I'm straightening an edge at the beginning so my cutting is not always in the same spot. I have a Fiskars mat that's almost 20 years old and still in great shape.
    Here's info on the soaking of mats.
    http://tulip-patch.blogspot.com/2010...-olfa-mat.html
    And a review of the mat smoother - they do work, as several members here will attest
    http://quiltersreview.com/index.php/...es-a-worn-mat/
    Both of those are worth a try! Thanks!!!
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    Using sharp blades will also greatly minimize the grooving in cutting mats.
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    I finally quit cutting batting on my board as it went in the grooves and stayed in the mat. Now I have one I use only the back side for cutting batting.

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