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Thread: Warped Mat

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    Junior Member Robinmg's Avatar
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    I noticed the other day the cutting map I have had for many years is warped. The warp is on the outside so the mat is still usable but I worry that with the warp my cuts may start to get off a little. Is there anything I can go to flatten it or is it time to get a new cutting mat?

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    Have you tried putting it under something really heavy for a while? I think I did that to flatten out one of mine years ago when I warped one while transporting it in my car to classes I was teaching.

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    I was told to lay it outside in the sun on a hard surface for a few hours and the heat will make it lay flat.

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    Put it out on a hot sidewalk with something heavy on it to lay it flat and leave it for a day.

    bjeriann, we typing at the same time!!LOL.

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    Glad to know this! Thanks

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I will try to see if they work.

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    Good to know!!

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    great advise...hope I never need it, but just in case...

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    I warped my very first mat many years ago on the day i purchased it by leaving it in my hot car standing up. I didn't know any better,.............now i do..,.lol but the way i got mine to lay flat was ironing fabric on it. The heat straigtened it pretty well, but laying it outside is probably a better choice.

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    Hair dryers work, too. Heat warps them, heat makes them flat again. :D

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    Ironing on it is what warped mine. My mother did it, so I had to act like it was no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Hair dryers work, too. Heat warps them, heat makes them flat again. :D
    This does work. I used it on mine and now it lays flat again :thumbup:

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    If you do decide to replace it, use the old one, cut into appropriate size pieces for the bottoms of picketbooks/tote bags.

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    I put mine on top of the dryer when drying clothes, then lay something heavy on it while it cools.

    Worked for me.

    Chris

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