How to Re-stick A Silhouette or Cricut Cutting Mat

Happy happy Friday, friends! Aren’t Fridays the best? I think sure so! As many of you know, I host a Craft Q&A on the Craftaholics Anonymous Facebook page where crafters {like you!} post their questions and everyone offers help, advice, and great craft tips! We have a great little crafting community on there that is so helpful and creative. I  love it!! I have learned a lot from your answers and love learning new things from you. You guys are amazing!

how to restick a cutting matOne of the frequent questions I get on CA’s Facebook page is, “How can I Re-stick my Silhouette/Cricut cutting mat?” Which is a great question! Cutting mats for digital cutting tools aren’t cheap to replace. Yes, eventually you will probably have to buy a new one, but there are ways to prolong the life of the one you have with a good ol’ DIY!

Here are some trips and tricks that Crafters use:

How to Clean a Cutting Mat

  1. “I use nail polish remover on my Silhouette mats and it works great….” -Ryann S.
  2. “To re sticky I wash it with warm soapy water and let it air dry.” -Stefanie D.
  3. “I used baby wipes to clean them let them dry and they are sticky again….give it a try u will like it, I haven’t bought a mat in awhile” -Reba M.
  4. “Take a wet wipe and clean the mat…it lasts for a few more uses!” -Angie O.
  5. “I don’t know if this was said but my mom said to try to clean off the matt with Goof Off ” -Felisha H.
  6. “A lint roller helps maintain the stickiness for longer too.” -Jody K.
  7. “I tried the baby wipe thing. PLEASE test it on a small portion first before you ruin your entire mat. My mat is no longer sticky in the area I used the wipe on.” -Melissa L.
  8. “I went to a convention and this is what the cricut guy told me. Soak in dawn soap(I did it for 24 hrs). Then use a scraper and scrape off the stuff left on the mat and dry Then take reposition tape runner all over mat. Wait 10 mins. Then start using. Hope this helps” -Sharon P.
  9. “Get a baby wipe and rub it…. You to have to push while rubbing and then let it dry. Make sure there is not bleach in the wipes.”  -Jill H.
  10. “I have had to re sticky my mat many time, I use DE- Solv-it to clean the old sticky” -Dania F.

    How to Re-Stick a Cutting Mat

  11.  “Spray adhesive works to prolong the matts life.” -Lynn W.
  12. “I have personally heard that elmers repositionable glue sticks for poster board work great and are the easiest!” -Nicole A.
  13. “Krylon’s Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive” -Judi S.
  14. “Spray adhesive will work on old ones in a pinch” -Jodi M.
  15. “Definitely spray adhesive! Works great for fabric cutting too.” -Karen C.
  16. ” I use quilt basting spray on my mat, it works very well” -Donna R.
  17. “I tried spray adhesive, but it didn’t work.” -Melanie H.
  18. “I use the large Zig two-way glue all over the surface and let it dry completely…works like a charm!” -Amie K.
  19. “Crafters companion stick and spray….. But don’t spray the mat as this can end up getting the adhesive on the machines rollers, spray directly to the back of what you are going to cut ie paper, card , material etc x” -Kerry G.
  20. ” I use the zig glue stick to get another layer of stickiness on my mats. ” -Vickie O.
  21. “Custom crops as these two great spray on products – one you spray on and then scrape off the old glue. Then there is a new adhesive you spray on.” -Annette E.
  22. “Check out a glue called Best Glue Ever and it works awesome for cricut mats.. you put it on with an old credit card and let it dry and it is tackier than even new mats come.. I stick it to my hand a couple times so it’s not so super sticky =] I haven’t bought a new mat in over a year.” -Tarynne W.
  23. “I did the search a while back and found that you paint them with a dilluted mixture of aileens tacky glue and water. Worked wonders!” -Nancy W.
  24. “Tape off the edges as you don’t want adhesive to gunk up your wheels. Then spray with quilters basting spray from Walmart. You never need buy another mat again. ” -Suzy B.
  25. “Sulky makes a temporary spray adhesive called KK2000 that might work. It does build up on plastic surfaces, but can be cleaned off with rubbing alcohol.” -Marilyn S.

You can find the complete thread that these responses are taken from on CA’s Facebook page here. I hope you’ll join our active community on Facebook!

What do you do to re-stick or clean your Cutting Mat? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!!

happy crafting, linda

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Be sure to use non-acetone nail polish remover to clean your mat :)

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    Cyndi Stephenson

    Thank you for these great tips.

  3. 3

    These are great tips! I have not yet had to re-sticky my Silhouette mat but I have had to do my Cricut mats and have had luck w/ repositionable spray adhesive.

  4. 4
    Chris C

    I have about 6 Cricut mats, and all of them had lost their stick. So I decided, I was going to try and get them sticky again. I had watched videos, read blogs…and I ended up using the Zig Glue…with the wide applicator. I didn’t clean my mat first. I did use a scraper and scraped off the bigger chunks. Then I applied the glue and let it dry over night. It was a little too sticky, so I dulled it up with an old t-shirt. Just to get a little lint on it. Worked great…and was incredibly easy to do! Also, it was really cheap. I did 6 12×12 mats, and still have glue left. You can get the glue at Michael’s and Joann’s, and probably Hobby Lobby too…so make sure to use your 40% coupon!

  5. 5

    I use the Quilting Spray to re-sticky my mat. It works really well for me.

  6. 6

    Thanks for this post! My mat is due for a cleaning! :)

  7. 7

    I found scrubbing my mat with a scrub sponge with dish soap, let dry. Use Aileen’s tack it again and again, mixed 1-1 with water. Using a foam brush paint the mat. Let dry. If too sticky, pat your hands on the mat all over. Then add more water next time:)

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    Janie Neill

    I use blue painters tape. It works great. It is cheap and you can used it over and over.
    Just be sure to put the tape where you are not going to cut.

    1. 8.1
      Karen dahl

      what do you mean, ‘use blue painters tape? How would I use it….do you just criss cross it on the mat or what? thanks

      1. i think they are possibly saying that they use it to tape their paper to their mat, and are just sure to avoid they keep the tape away from the cutting area

        1. That is correct. When I don’t have time to run out to by the Zig two way pen, I just use painters tape to tape the edges of my paper down to my mat. I even use it on good sticky mats when cutting chip board.

          1. Bev

            I use the painters’ tape from Ace Hardware which works great. If you do cut through the tape and paper, it is easy to remove the tape from the die cut. It still is more work than getting your mat sticky again. For that I use Zig Two Way Glue if there is enough time for it to dry both after scrubbing with detergent and the glue layer.

  9. 9

    I just got a Silhouette for Christmas from my hubby (we opened gifts early) and I have yet to use it…but I am so glad to have found this post, so I can pin it and refer to it when my mats lose their stickiness. Thanks for compiling all of these tips!

  10. 10

    I found that repositionable glue stick left residue (little pieces) of glue on the back side of paper. Just tried Alieens/water combo, works good. Have also washed with Dawn, dried and used, still somewhat sticky.

  11. 11

    I tried number 23. ““I did the search a while back and found that you paint them with a dilluted mixture of aileens tacky glue and water. Worked wonders!” -Nancy W.” and I have to tell you that my mat seems to stick less now than it did before, which I didn’t think was possible. I bought a new mat today to get some things done on time, but I will be using Goof Off on the old one and trying another one of these to get it to re-stick. Thanks for having so many suggestions to try out!

  12. 12
    Karen dahl

    wow Thanks for all the ideas….I see a couple I will try………………

  13. 13
    Judy Pittman

    Thanks for the re-sticking info. However, I need tips on how to treat the mats that are too, too, too sticky.

    1. 13.1

      Run your hands over your cutting mat. The oils in your hands helps decrease the stickiness. You can also use a cotton cloth for this, just make sure that it is clean.

  14. 14

    my Cricut roller wheels got some ink on them from ink that had not dried yet from printing on nonporous paper. What can I use to clean the residual ink off of the little rubber o-rings on the roller?

  15. 15

    Nice article! My silhouette cutting board just ran out of sticky at a bad time (that’s how I found your article), and I don’t have time to run out and get these spray adhesives suggested. So I just tried using painters tape to tack my vinyl down to the board and guess what, it worked! So in a pinch try taping your media to the board! I’m still gonna try some of the adhesives in the article though :)

  16. 16

    How can I recondition my Sillouette cutting mat please

    1. 16.1

      I used Goo Gone to clean my Silhouette mat…I just poured a little on the mat rubbed it all over with my fingers and let it sit for about a hour and then used the little scraper that came with ky unit…then washed it in Dawn and dried it good and then when it was dry I sprayed it with Krylon’s Easy-tack to re sticky it…works great…Also tried Elmer’s Craft Bond and it works great too….You do use a loty of elbow grease cleaning these mats tho….

      1. Thanks for the tips!

  17. 17

    Tried something a little different and it worked even better than the spray.

    Cut a 12×12 or whatever size you need piece of Transparent Contact Paper (aka clear shelf paper). Spray the non-sticky top side with Krylon or other brand repositionable spray glue and let dry for a bit. Lay it spray side down on your cutting mat and press it down firmly. Peel off the backing and you have the perfect level of stickyness for paper and cardstock. It won’t rip your paper, it’s easy to remove and replace, and it holds a treat!

    1. 17.1

      Thanks for sharing!!

  18. 18

    My gosh, I really would love to take some time to look all through your website, but with all the ads blasting at me it’s just too annoying! You have great ideas and projects, but I can’t get past this constant need to close things (TRY and close, some won’t even close) and turn off the volume from the loud ads. Too bad!

    1. 18.1

      Hi Laura,
      I am so sorry! Not sure what is going on. There should not be any ads/videos with sound or pop ups on my site. I sincerely apologize. I have emailed my ad manager to notify him of the issue to get this fixed asap.
      Thank you for letting me know!

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    Ficus strangulensis

    Thanks for the great list of resticky products!

    Looks like I’ll get along with the original mat with the Portrait!

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    brandon m house

    I am knew to the cameo and don’t know much yet but I was curious about using rubber cement.

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