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How to prolong the life of Cricut mats

  This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Machine mats are essential. If you have a Cricut machine that can cut without a mat, you will still need to use a mat for any smart materials under 13" wide by 6" long. If you are just using regular vinyl, and not smart vinyl, you will need a mat too.

Obviously, you're going to want to prolong the life of your mat as much as possible.

The mat has an adhesive film that the material sticks to. This adhesive loses its stickiness over time. But the adhesive can be cleaned, and protected while not in use.

Recommended read: How to clean the Cricut mat

When the mats are not in use, use the clear film cover that came with your mat. This will keep the mat sticky and free of debris.

When securing materials to the mat, use the Cricut brayer. Once a cut or embellishment is complete, use the Cricut spatula to remove materials from the mat at a 45-degree angle. Another method of removing materials from the mat is to peel the mat away from the material- rather than the material from the mat. And always use the correct material for the mat you're using, this will improve performance and prolong the life of your mat.

Recommended read: What is the Cricut brayer used for

Quick list of measures to prolong your mats life:

- Clean it when necessary

- Use clear film cover when not in use

- Use the brayer to secure materials to the mat

- Use the scraper to remove materials from the mat

- Use the correct material for the mat

- Peel mat away from the material

By following these measures, you can ensure that your mat gets the best (and longest) life possible.

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