That mat can be a little pesky! This post will cover how to clean your mat so that it stays sticky and then cover how to restick your Scan N Cut mat once the sticky is lost.
Unfortunately, I had only had my mat for about 3 weeks when I was having trouble with the level of stickiness it had left. Keeping the materials on the mat while cutting was starting to be a huge issue. The second the materials move the project is wrecked! This is so disappointing. (and can be costly)
While Brother recommends purchasing a new mat…. purchasing a new one every few weeks is often not an option.
It certainly wasn’t for me at all!
The way I now combat this issue is in a few steps, depending on the level of the problem (or you might say … stickiness).
Cleaning Your Mat
The first thing I work on is cleaning the mat with alcohol-free wipes… you know… baby wipes.
After each use would be ideal and recommended. However, I am often so busy with my project and intent on getting it finished, I end up doing it just before I start my next project. This is not great, as it delays the start of the project.
My next ‘go-to’ is masking tape. The kind you use when painting so that you don’t get paint everywhere. It comes in different colors and I have blue and cream. The color you have makes NO difference at all. I would love some pink rolls LOL
If you feel like your card-stock or vinyl are not attaching to the mat quite as well as you would like then mask them down. I have tried sticky tape as well however due to the fact it is clear I have had a few issues with it.
Namely: Can’t see when you have left it on the mat and much easier for it to get stuck in the machine and stuck on the scanner. It also sticks to card-stock a bit more than I would like.
The masking tape is easy to see and you will have less trouble getting it off your card-stock and your mat.
Time To Restick Your Mat
Once all the other ‘fixes’ no longer work then it is time to head to the Zig glue and restick your Scan N Cut mat. This is a really easy process and basically consists of removing the old glue and putting the 2 way Zig glue on.
Work on a section at a time and ensure that you do NOT get it over the edge. The glue goes on blue and dries clear. Working in sections makes it easier to keep track of where you have placed the glue.
Allow your mat to dry completely.
Don’t be too heavy-handed applying the glue as it will make the mat too sticky.
NOTE: Be mindful of not damaging or gluing the registration marks. (Both the raised ones and the black marking on your mat.)
Once the Zig glue has dried and you have managed to restick your Scan N Cut mat!
Easy as that!
Mat too sticky?
What do you do if your mat ends up a little too sticky? Once it is dry, simply dab it with a tea towel or lint-free cloth. This will reduce the stickiness.
If you are still concerned, do a small test area with the material you are about to use on the mat.
While my mat looks a little tired and well-loved, I am amazed that it has lasted as long as it has. At some stage I will need to purchase a new mat…. but not yet 🙂
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These butterflies have been cut from a free image downloaded from Pixabay.com. The image was printed out and then scanned. Another option is to use your stamps.
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