The Self Healing Cutting Mat: The tool you never thought you needed
When you’re in need of cutting a stencil from a sheet of paper, what’s a tool that’s more accurate to use than a pair of scissors? Well the answer is either an x-acto knife or box cutter. Now that you know that the main concern at this point is safety. Not only towards yourself do you need to be careful of the sharpness of this tool, but you need to make sure the surface you’re working on can carry on unharmed during the process. Introducing the self healing cutting mat, this crafting necessity will take all the hits so your furniture doesn’t have to. With this you will always have a surface to do your crafts without worry.
In this blog, I will show you how the cutting mat will benefit you as well as how to care for it.
The cutting mat is a DIYer’s best friend. If you have some really nice furniture and need to cut fabric, cardboard, paper, etc., the safest surface for you to use an x-acto knife or a box cutter on is a cutting mat. These babies will soak up all the cuts, so your nice, possibly new, furniture doesn’t have to. You will get the cleanest incision from cutting in the spaces on your mat that have not been cut yet. This process will also extend the life of your mat.
I’ve seen many people try to figure out what material the cutting mat is made out of to get the self-healing feature. While there are a variety of cutting mats all made in a different ways. From Amy Chapman’s article, Mike from cutting-mats.net stated that “Most self healing mats have a hard plastic core with laters of other plastic materials.” “When the knife blade is removed from the cut, the vinyl later appears to ‘heal’ itself.” While cutting something with a knife could never fully heal, it can get pretty close if you keep up with the maintenance. Remember to clean your cutting mat.
When you’ve been using your cutting mat constantly, you should really consider cleaning it, just clean it up a little to take the fibers out of the previously made incisions. Try soaking your mat with room-temperature water and dish soap for about 15 minutes. During the soak use an old toothbrush or brush of your choosing and gently brush away the excess particles that might have stuck to your mat. Once the mat is cleaned the self-healing qualities will revert back to how it was before. If you feel that a whole cleaning job isn’t necessary you can always just use baby wipes to wipe the surfaces needed.
If you’re interested in crafting you need to get one of these cutting mats. Trust me, these will make your creative life a little easier.