I'm not sure if there was something wrong with them or if the new mats just aren't as good, but my two new mats (which cost me $15) only worked about 4 times. Then their sticky didn't stick enough and everything I tried to cut just slipped off the mat during cutting. It was so frustrating. I contacted the company about replacing them, but they wouldn't do anything unless I had my receipt, which I did not. Boo!
Since I don't have the money, nor do I think it is good environmentally, to use a mat 4 times and buy a new one I decided to try to renew my mat. I heard about being able to re-sticky a Cricut mat at a scrapbook class I took. I used my Michael's 40% off coupon to buy Zig 2-Way Glue, which is what they said would work at my class. I figured trying it was better than buying 2 new mats.
This was easy to do and it actually worked. All you need is your mat and the Zig 2-Way Glue
You can still see the glue here as it wasn't fully dry.
I have used this mat a couple of times following applying this glue. It worked! It worked really well. So well that my thin paper was hard to get off. The cardstock worked really well and as with most things like this, I am sure the thin paper would work better after a few uses with a thicker paper so that the adhesive had lessened a bit.
I hope if you try renewing your Cricut mat(s) it works as well for you!
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