Why Is My Cricut Mat Is Too Sticky?
I hear this complaint all the time and I have experienced it too. What can we do if our Cricut mat is too sticky?
At first I thought I was doing something wrong.
I love how the Cricut machine cuts card stock into great shapes, but it’s hard to peel card stock from the Cricut Explore mat when it’s too sticky.
When my Cricut mat is too sticky the card stock comes off but leaves all the pieces you just cut out and stuck to the mat. That is exactly what I didn’t want to happen.
Now you have 3 options.
1 – scrape your mat to get all the pieces off and it creates a sticky mess like when you are peeling price tags off glass. It doesn’t make for pretty cut out pieces either.
2 – Buy a new Cricut Mat. Sometimes I mess them up so bad I do buy a new one. Ugh
3- Condition Your Mat
Not my favorite part of my Cricut experience so far.
Conditioning Your Cricut Explore Mat If It’s Too Sticky
I found out later that you need to condition the Cricut Explore mat before you use it or you will get an icky mess.
The magic of the Cricut machine is the fact that the material you are cutting or writing on, stays put. That is the reason the mat is designed sticky or tacky. But if can be too sticky…for sure.
But when you don’t know that you need to condition your mat, your mat ends up looking like mine below. The new Cricut Explore mat is on the left and my month old Cricut Explore mat is on the right. Mine is a mess from me not knowing what I was doing. Live and learn…right.
Prepare your Cricut mats before you use them to avoid my mistakes. I got all the card stock off my mat but was left with a very messed up mat.
How Do You Condition Your Mat?
It’s so simple, you won’t believe it.
- Grab an old tee shirt of your hubbies.
- Wad it up in a ball.
- Dab it all over the new Cricut Explore mat.
- Repeat until lint has coated the mat just a little bit.
We still want some stickiness, just not too much. Use your hand to gauge the stickiness.
That’s it! No expensive chemical or item that you need to buy. It’s really that easy…..watch this video to see how I do it.
Cleaning Your Cricut Mat
If you already messed up your Cricut Mat, no worries. You can clean it or go buy new ones. I have done both. New Cricut mats are around $10, so when I messed up my first Cricut mat I did clean it, but I also bought new ones.
Green Regular Grip Cricut Mat – If you have completely messed your new mat up like me, head on over here and grab another.
Blue Lite Grip Cricut Mat – While I was at it, I grabbed a Blue Lite Grip Cricut Mat because I knew I would need it.
Purple Strong Grip Cricut Mat – This mat is perfect for specialty cardstock, glitter cardstock, chipboard, and fabric with stiffener. It’s Cricuts longest-lasting mat, featuring double-life adhesive technology.
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