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Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat

by Cindy Zechter

How can I heal my OLFA Mat?

I understand there is a way by soaking it in a bathtub.

What is the solution you need to add to the water?


I went to the expert, Charlie Haney of OLFA Deals, for this answer.

For soaking, he recommends putting the mat(s) into a bathtub or large container (would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soaking the mat for 15-20 in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water.

Charley was VERY specific about it being cool water. He said the mats love the moisture and that it'd be a good idea to do this every so often to help extend their useful life.

Then use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory) and clean the mat with a mushroom brush (again, soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to remove the fibers that get trapped in the cuts marks preventing the cuts from "healing".

Keep 'em clean, keep 'em moist, keep 'em flat and NO heat. That is what he recommends.

For more tips on self healing rotary cutting mats see our OLFA Cutting Mat page.

I hope this information helps.


Julie Baird

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Self Healing Cutting Mat
by: jordan

wow! first of all the idea of bathtub is superb and rest the explanation are good too.. thanks

You're welcome! :D

~ Julie

Rotary mat cleaning/moisturizing
by: Mary

the idea of a bath tub is fantastic - HOWEVER my regular sized bath tub is not wide enough for a large 36 x 24" cutting mat. Is wiping it down with vinegar and water solution and letting it set just as good?

From the Editor: I'm lucky enough to have a big bathtub, but I've thought that either a kiddie pool would work or layering the mat with wet towels to simulate having it submersed would work.

~ Julie

Rotary Cutting Mats
by: Michele

Thank you! I was thinking about doing something(?).
A very timely and helpful post.

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