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Silhouette Cutting Mat Cleaning: Easiest Way to Remove Lint, Dust & Paper

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All Silhouette cutting mats need a good cleaning once in a while.  Dust, fibers and tiny pieces of paper get stuck to the mat's sticking area, which can make the mat lose it's stickiness.  As we all know that can result in poor cutting.  Sometimes even the Silhouette spatula and can't remove all the tiny fibers and paper bits on the mat.   I have to admit, I'm a little embarrassed and ashamed to show you my 'before' mat....but it's all for the good of the blog, right?

One of the easiest and fastest ways I've found to clean my Silhouette cutting mat is with painters tape. I received a few samples of 3M Scotch-Blue Painters Tape and it works great to remove the lint, dust, hair, and paper without removing the stickiness of the mat (definitely key)!  I like to use the 2" Scotch Blue because it only takes a few pieces to clean the Silhouette cutting mat.

Cutting mat, Silhouette, cleaning, remove, lint, dust, paper, painter's tape

Here's a look at my mat 'before' I cleaned it...sorry.  I really do apologize you have to see this.

Cutting mat, Silhouette, cleaning, remove, lint, dust, paper

Don't worry you won't have to look at that much longer...just tear off the tape the same length as the cutting mat.  Press the tape down really well onto the mat, being sure to run your hand firmly over the entire piece of tape.  Then lift up the tape and you'll see just how dirty your mat really was!

Cutting mat, Silhouette, cleaning, remove, lint, dust, paper, painter's tape

Repeat...repeat...repeat over the entire mat.

Cutting mat, Silhouette, cleaning, remove, lint, dust, paper

...and a side by side just so you can see the dramatic difference!

Cutting mat, Silhouette, cleaning, remove, lint, dust, paper

Isn't that amazing? Who knew Scotch Blue painters tape was the answer?!

Disclaimer: I received samples of 3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape, but all opinions are my own. 

Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!


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