Restick a Cutting Mat

Everyone who uses a tacky cutting mat knows that over time the effectiveness of the mat declines.  While the cutting mats aren't terribly expensive at only about $5 each, that can add up quickly over time.
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Can cutting mats be re-conditioned and have the life extended? Yes!

There are differing methods for cleaning and re-stick your cutting mat:
zig 2 way glue pen

Generally you use either a 2 way glue pen from Zig, or a "sticky spray" designed for re-sticking mats from Crafters Companion

If your mat is in rough shape, you can clean it first using goo gone or a similar cleaner, and then re-stick your mat.

There are lots of great videos on YouTube on how to perform the cleaning and re-sticking.

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  1. Sandy says:

    I use the Zig glue pen, it takes a little time, but its precise and it works great!

  2. Jodi says:

    I have never done…but I am going to try now, it looks pretty easy in the videos.

  3. Flo says:

    If the mat has a bit of fluff on it and needs a clean I use a baby wipe to give it a good scrub this works and in a few minuets its dry and you can go back to using your mat again. I do this multiple times till the mat needs a really good scrape off then I take off all the stick that I can with a scraper and start from the beginning again. I have used the zig 2 way with the chubby top which makes it easy and not long to do. I have seen people buy the re-positionable tape runners and use these. I believe that 12 inch wide repositionable tape can be purchased cut to length and used but have not found an outlet that sells this yet. so in the meantime its go baby wipes and Zig 2 way

  4. Carol Horton says:

    I soak my mat in the kitchen sink periodically and let air dry. This works for a few months. I do rotate between several mats, both for Imagine and Expression. After the mats are totally not sticking, I soak and scrape them. Then I use the Bonding Memories Glue (broad tip) from Close to My Heart. I did that in early September and have not had to retouch my mats since.

    • Janeane says:

      Another great tip, thank you!

      • sherri says:

        I do the same, and use either a spray adhesive (but then it is tooooooooo sticky) or I was using a product found at Hobby Lobby which was probably very old called MAT ADHESIVE by
        WOODLAND SCENES but it was for model railroad train grass…worked great but it is not readily available. Recently I started to put small amounts of scotch masking tape around edges…works great

  5. Nancy says:

    Thanks much everyone. I will certainly give it a try.

  6. Liz S. says:

    I clean my mats by running them through the diswasher after using baby wipes to get the gunk off.

    • Liz S. says:

      I guess I forgot to finish explaining my method. After letting my mats sit overnight with dishwasher door open to dry, I mix Aleene’s glue with water (half and half) and paint a thin layer on my mats. If you get too thick with the glue mixture (or the Zig pens), your blade gets sticky so be sure to use a thin layer. I find the Aleene’s mixture works for a longer period of time than the Zig pens. I have also used the taping method and Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray method but wasn’t really happy with either in the long run.

  7. karenb says:

    I like to use a Lint Brush with the sticky paper to clean the tiny scraps off my mat. I use this frequently and it extends the length of time that I need to clean the mat thoroughly and apply new adhesive. It’s the tiny scraps that build up on the mat and keep your paper from sticking. I usually pick up a few of these at the $1.00 store. It really saves a lot of time using the Lint Brush to clean the mat; you would be amazed at how well this works!!

  8. Ramona says:

    I use Repostionable Stencil Spray on my mats. I use painters tape to tape the edges where the rollers touch and spray them. I’ll wash them first and get all of the gunk off of them first. Let them air dry and then prep the mat then spray. Do this outside if possible and away from you. Let dry for a moment. Make sure you don’t over spray. a light spray will do you just fine and a can will last you a very long time. I get it at Hobby Lobby. It is made by Stencil Ease and the spray can reads “Repositionable Stencil Adhesive Spray and in the long run is cheaper than the Zig Pen.

  9. Sherry says:

    I’ve used the Zig pen and also the sprayable adhesive and both have worked really well. For cleaning mats I’ve always used baby wipes, but I love the lint roller/brush idea – I’ll have to try it.

  10. Donna says:

    I just use scotch tape and tape my paper about ½ inch on all four sides in the middle . It works perfect and you can use the same piece of tape several times.

  11. Sherrie says:

    I have used quilters adhesive spray, but is way too sticky.
    I am excited to try these new ideas.
    Thank you.

  12. Tina says:

    I clean my mats in one of two ways: 1) a baby wipe for a quick cleaning when I need to use the mat right away and paper is not sticking well and 2) hot soap water (dish soap) and gently wash/scrub the mat and let it air dry.

    The best thing I’ve found for re-sticking is the Cutting Mat Spray Adhesive available from Sizzix. It is the price of a set of mats and lasts for a long time. I cut alot of items for customers and have about 8 -10 mats (including the original mat that will be 4 years this fall). I can can last me about a year if I restick all my mats on average. 1 / month.

    Before spraying the mats I tape of all 4 sides with painters tape so the sticky is only on the 12×12 portion of the mat!

  13. Ramona says:

    I do the same thing except I use the Stencil Ease Repositionable Adhesive Spray that I get from Hobby Lobby. It sells for $5.99 and with a 40% off coupon it’s cheaper than that. It works really well and I also have several Matts that I keep reusing. I still have my original mat from when the Cricut Expressions first came out.

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