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Thread: Repairing a cutting mat to new condition

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    I was reading quilt blogs this morning and kept clicking random links and found this info about mats.

    If you have a self healing cutting mat it needs to be re hydrated to stay self healing. When the moisture is gone the mat dries out and will have cut marks and dull your blade. Soak the mat in room temp water for about and hour, let dry. That's all you have to. The mat will be soft and be like new again. I have one old mat soaking now. I'll post if it makes a difference. I don't think June Taylor mats are self healing. I have an Olfa one soaking.

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    kewl, I'm going to try it when I get home, I had been thinking about wiping it down with sewers aid.

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    I bookmarked this so when I need it I will know where to look.

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    Woo~ I'm going to try this! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Woo~ I'm going to try this! :D
    Me too.

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    How big is it? I am trying to think what on earth I could soak my large (36in long) mat in?

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    Me too. My mat must be 12yrs old and bone dry by now.

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    Put water in bath tub, let come to room temp, then soak mat. would this work? Just a thought.

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    This is from
    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...tting-mat.html

    OLFA Cutting Mats love moisture!

    It is recommended that you soak your mat from time to time. Your self healing mat loves moisture.

    To soak it, put your mat in a bathtub or large container (would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soak it for 15-20 in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water. Let me repeat, cool water. Do this every so often to help extend its useful life.

    Then use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory) and clean the mat with a mushroom brush (soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to remove the fibers that get trapped in the cuts marks preventing the cuts from "healing".

    Keep 'em clean, keep 'em moist, keep 'em flat and NO heat. Your cutting mat is not a coffee cup coaster!

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    Thank you for this information :D:D:D

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    Sounds good to me. Will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    How big is it? I am trying to think what on earth I could soak my large (36in long) mat in?
    How about the bathtub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    kewl, I'm going to try it when I get home, I had been thinking about wiping it down with sewers aid.
    ok, but which sewers? New York's or San Francisco's?

    :mrgreen:

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    I am going to try this. Mine sure needs some help.
    Thank You
    zennia

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    I might be able to fit my 18 x 24 in the bathtub but none of my bigger ones. Maybe they have kiddie pools on clearance at walmart.

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    I think putting wet towels on the mat top and bottom and keeping them wet would work for the big mats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katiebear1
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    How big is it? I am trying to think what on earth I could soak my large (36in long) mat in?
    How about the bathtub?
    It would go in lengthwise, but would have to curl up at the sides. I think the Kiddy pool idea is a good one. If not, I will resort to wiping down with a wet cloth from time to time.

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    I want to try that with my old mat. I sure hope it works. It's my favorite mat.

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    The tub!

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    The bathtub!

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    Can't get rid of these posts! How do I do that?

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    Thank you for info..my oldest mat, maybe 10 yrs old is in bad shape, even the lines are disappearing

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    Oh, great! You tell me NOW after my DGS has been using my old favorite for his mini bikes, skate boards and cars because it was all scarred and dirty. Should see it now! Did not know it could be so flexible.

    Ah, well. good to know for the future.

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    Wish I had read this post earlier. I just bought a new 24x36 mat this evening. The new one has the grid lines on both sides. Maybe it will last twice as long as the old one!

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    So, has anybody tried this yet?

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