Is your cutting mat in need of a cleaning? After all the no-sew blankets I cut in December, my mat needed some attention. Rotary cutting fleece or batting is particularly hard on the mats. Many fibers get caught in the self-healing crevasses as the blade cuts over it. You cannot simply brush these fibers off.
|BEFORE Cleaning: My mat with lots of fleece fibers caught in it.|
To the rescue! I have a Cutting Mat Cleaner that I picked up from a vendor at a local quilt show that works well. It feels like a piece of stiff, textured, rubber. I know other places, like Nancy's Notions, sells similar cutting mat cleaners. The one I have is from Designs to Share.
Simply rub the cleaner over your mat with a brush-like manner. It will pull out the lint and fibers from the mat. I wipe an area several times to pull all the fibers out. It almost feels like using an eraser to clear your mat of debris.
|Rub the cleaner on the mat.|
|AFTER Cleaning: The fibers are gone!|
The cleaner itself will need to be rinsed clean under some cold water when you are done.
|It pulled up a lot of embedded fibers.|
Hope you found this helpful.