Cleaning the Silhouette CAMEO Mat
The Silhouette CAMEO cutting mat takes a beating. Typically, the issue with the newer mats is that they’re too sticky. Once you’ve dealt with that issue, the problem will become they’re not sticky enough. But looking at the mat, it’s still in great condition other than a lack of stickiness; so long as you haven’t sliced through it.
Get more life out of your CAMEO cutting mats and more money in your pockets, first by putting the clear transparency back over the mat when not in use, this keeps everyday dust off it. Next wipe them down regularly after projects with simple baby wipes. Keeping the dust, paper pieces, fabric threads and such off your mat will not only keep your blade from “gunking” up (you’ll still have to keep an eye on your blade housing, but this will cut down on some of the particles trapped), but keep the tackiness to your mat.
When a simple wipe just isn’t enough anymore, it’s time to pull out the big guns for a serious washing and re-sticking. To do so follow these simple steps:
- Give it a good washing in warm, soapy water. Let it air-dry; usually overnight is plenty. Right off the bat you’ll notice a return of the stickiness.
- Once completely dry, if you find you need a little more tack, spray the mat with KRYLON Easy-Tack Repositionable Spray Adhesive, found at most craft stores or online at Amazon (it’s $5.20 at Amazon). You should tape off the edges with blue painter’s tape to keep the glue off the margins of the mat. Let it dry before using.
There’s also the lint-roller/tape circle to get bits and pieces off your mats in-between deeper cleanings. Get the sticker lint-rollers or use duct or masking tape (not blue painter’s tape, this isn’t sticky enough) to make a loop, sticky side out, to press against the Silhouette CAMEO mat to clean off the bits and pieces. Bonus: the same idea can be used to clean your workspace of paper pieces, lint, glitter, micro beads and other tiny pieces.
Stamp Cleaner/Conditioner has also become a tried and true method of removing the dirt and maintaining the stickiness.
If you’re a real DIY-er, you can try to make your own. Directions can be found here, at the Quilling Patch.