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#1 Posted : Sunday, January 09, 2011 1:24:02 AM(UTC)
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It seems that my older mats that I didn't "condition" seems to be outlasting those that I have "conditioned". I learned how to take things off without ripping even though the mat was sticky. I know a lot factors in, but just wondering if anybody else is having this experience. TIA (thanks in advance)
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#2 Posted : Sunday, January 09, 2011 1:50:09 AM(UTC)
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i just had this same thought last night as i was opening a new 12 x12 package of mats. I have also noticed the stickiness on the mats seems to vary from mat to mat. I have got some packs that are impossibly tacky and others that were perfectly tacky.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, January 09, 2011 2:12:43 AM(UTC)
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I think conditioning them is bound to shorten their use but at times it just has to be done to make them useable.
The act of "conditioning" them is actually "using up" the stickyness of the mat and in an ideal world should not be needed.
I try to use my new mats with thicker cardstock and I have several mats on the go for different projects. Having said that, I wash, re- glue and use tape on my mats all the time and have never thrown one away
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#4 Posted : Monday, January 10, 2011 7:39:55 AM(UTC)
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MrsT wrote:
I think conditioning them is bound to shorten their use but at times it just has to be done to make them useable.
The act of "conditioning" them is actually "using up" the stickyness of the mat and in an ideal world should not be needed.
I try to use my new mats with thicker cardstock and I have several mats on the go for different projects. Having said that, I wash, re- glue and use tape on my mats all the time and have never thrown one away


Same for me. My newer sticky mats are perfect for thicker cardstock and my older ones are perfect for thinner material like patterned paper.

I also find that there is no consistency in the mats....some are VERY sticky and others are not.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:49:51 PM(UTC)
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Condition the mats? Huh Never heard of that, and I've been "Cricut-ing" for over 4 years!! So, I guess I've never conditioned a single mat in all of that time and have never had a problem with them...

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#6 Posted : Sunday, January 23, 2011 1:24:38 PM(UTC)
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I don't think it makes much of a difference. If the mats are too sticky for regular paper or cardstock, eventually you'll need to make them less sticky, either by using them over and over and wasting paper or by purposely putting scrap paper on them and removing it. I don't think using your hands makes sense - we spend a lot of $$$ on acid-free scrapbook supplies, so why would we want to put our acidic hands on the mats?

I use my mats until they crack or warp too much to be good, then I cut out the middles and use them for glitter or paper-piecing to hold the little bits while I glue. I re-stick my mats with 2-way zig glue after I wash them with soap and water and dry them overnight. I just cut up a mat that I'd been using for 3 years - the original one that came with my machine.

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