Help! My cutting mat is buckled up and warped on one side now when it got accidentally too close to some heat. I paid $50 for this mat. I laid some heavy old machines on it for days to see if it would force the mat to return to its original flat surface, but no go. What should I do?
Submitted by Anna
Oh no! Not what you want to have happen to your expensive cutting mats! But I think there is a solution here—this might seem counter-intuitive, but one way to get a mat to lay flat again is to add back a little heat. This will soften it down and then you can try setting something heavy on it to get it to retain its flat surface. I’m not sure where you live, but if you are in a sunny area, you can lay the mat out on a porch or deck to warm for an afternoon and then stack something heavy on it to get it to lay flat again.
Related links:All About Cutting MatsHow to Care for Cutting Mats (links to our sister site, National Quilters Circle)
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