Friday, September 12, 2014

Olfa cutting mats

Generations Quilt Patterns

has a great site.  Veronica has been using her quilting mat (Olfa) since she bought it in 1990.  That's like forever ago, I don't even think this bear was born yet.  As a matter of fact, I know I wasn't. I'm only 13, oh, goodie, I'm a teenager.  Anyway, back to the mats, Veronica was looking at hers recently and thought about getting a new one.  And yes, of course, she has others, but her BIG mat is the first one she bought and it's been around for a long time.  So she searched the internet looking for a good price on a big mat and she came upon this.  She thought she would share it with you, and for more information you can go to Generations Quilt Patterns website.       

Olfa Cutting Mat Care and TroubleshootingTips to keep your mat moisturized

OLFA Cutting Mats love moisture!
It is recommended that you soak your mat from time to time. Your self healing mat loves moisture.
To soak it, put your mat in a bathtub or large container (would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soak it for 15-20 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water. Let me repeat, cool water. Do this every so often to help extend its useful life.
Then use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory) and clean the mat with a mushroom brush (soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to remove the fibers that get trapped in the cuts marks preventing the cuts from "healing".
Keep 'em clean, keep 'em moist, keep 'em flat and NO heat. Your cutting mat is not a coffee cup coaster!  

See you in the Jacuzzi tub, it's the only thing we have big enough for the mat, so that's where we'll try it. We'll keep you posted.    

See you Monday

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