How to Clean & Restick Your ScanNCut Mats

How To Clean and Restick a ScanNCut Mat

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If you’re a ScanNCut owner, at some point you have probably wondered “How do I clean and restick a ScanNCut mat?”

Mats aren’t inexpensive and they tend to lose their stick pretty fast, so knowing what to do when that happens is a pretty important as well as money saving skill.

This tutorial will show the methods I use to clean and restick my ScanNCut mats when necessary. Both methods are straight forward, easy and work on all different types of ScanNCut mats. Yay!

The tutorial below shows the cleaning and resticking methods for a Standard Tack 12 x 12 mat, but I give instructions for the other types of mats near the end of the post (very minor modifications).

DISCLAIMER: These methods work for me but I cannot guarantee they will work for you. I share them to hopefully help but you try them at your own risk. Thanks!

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When To Clean a ScanNCut Mat

How do you know when to clean and restick a ScanNCut mat?

I clean my ScanNCut mats when they get too dirty with bits of material (usually paper) to hold anything else on to them.

Basically, if the mat isn’t sticky enough anymore to hold paper or vinyl too it, it’s time to clean it!

ScanNCut Mat Needs to Be Cleaned

How to Clean a ScanNCut Mat

All it takes to clean a ScanNCut mat is some mild soap and water.

Remove the protective sheet from the mat, take it to a sink and rinse it with warm water.

Rinse ScanNCut Mat Before Cleaning

Then, use a regular household sponge with some mild liquid dish or hand soap to gently scrub the surface of the mat. I use Dawn but any mild liquid soap will work.

Gently Scrub ScanNCut Mat with Soapy Sponge to Clean

If there are any spots on the mat that have extra gunk/bits stuck to it, you can use a bit of extra force to scrub those areas to remove the excess gunk.

Spot on ScanNCut Mat with Extra Gunk
This area of the mat has some extra gunk.

Once the entire mat has been soaped up and gently scrubbed, rinse it clean with warm water.

Rinsing in action…

Set it aside to air dry. I put mine on top of a bowl or a couple of glasses so air hits both sides of the mat and speeds the drying process.

Clean ScanNCut Mat Air Drying

To Restick or Not to Restick a ScanNCut Mat?

Once your newly cleaned mat has dried, you’ll need to decide whether you need to restick it or not.

How do you know when you need to restick a ScanNCut mat?

When your mat is still fairly new and not too used and abused (lol), the cleaning and drying should be enough to recharge the mat’s stick. If that’s the case, then just cover it with its protective sheet and put it away until you need to use it. You’re done. Yay!

Newer ScanNCut Mat Resticks with Just a Cleaning
This newer mat resticks with just a cleaning.

But, once your mat has been used a fair amount, the cleaning won’t recharge the stick enough to actually hold anything to it.

That’s when it’s time to try my method to restick your ScanNCut mat.

PLEASE NOTE: This restick method IS NOT endorsed by Brother so using a mat that has been restuck this way MAY violate your machine’s warranty. If you’ve owned your machine for less than one year, you may want to wait to try this until your one year warranty has expired.

How to Restick a ScanNCut Mat

To restick a ScanNCut mat you will need a Zig 2 Way Glue Pen with a broad tip and some removable tape, like painter’s blue tape or washi tape. The tape should be wide enough to cover the outer edges of your mat.

Zig 2 Way Glue Pen with Broad Tip

Place tape right against all four edges of the middle sticky part of the mat, completely covering the non-sticky edges. You don’t want to get glue on these edges as it can mess up your machine’s wheels/rollers and the black dot pattern the machine uses to read the mat when it is loaded into the machine.

Tape All Four Edges of ScanNCut Mat

Once the edges are taped, get the glue started in the Zig 2 Way Glue Pen by pressing the tip down onto a piece of scratch paper. The tip should push back into the barrel of the pen as you do this. Once you see the bluish glue liquid flowing out and covering the broad tip, it is ready to go.

Start Glue Flowing with Scratch Paper

Now just “draw” lines with the broad tip over the entire would-be sticky area of the ScanNCut mat. I don’t press hard and just run it back and forth on the surface, overlapping the strokes slightly to ensure I don’t miss any areas of the mat.

Draw Overlapping Lines on ScanNCut Mat with Glue Pen

The glue will appear bluish-white when it is wet and then dry clear. Don’t go too crazy with it. You need a thin coat of glue and no puddles or blobs of glue (dab blobs up with a paper towel or try to spread them out with the broad tip).

When the glue is wet, it forms a permanent bond. When it has dried, it forms a temporary bond. Hence the name “2 way” glue.

Coat of Wet Glue on ScanNCut Mat

Once the sticky area is completely covered with the glue, set it aside to air dry.

Allow Restuck ScanNCut Mat to Air Dry

Once it has dried, it is good to go. Remove the tape from the edges and put the protective cover sheet back on it until the mat is needed.

Restuck ScanNCut Mat Ready To Use
This mat may look a bit dirty, but it is clean, restuck and ready to go!

The mat can be used again and again until you need to repeat the process to clean and restick the mat.

Adjustments For Different Types of Mats and Troubleshooting

This same method works on other types of ScanNCut mats but you have to make some minor adjustments.

LIGHT TACK MAT: Follow the same method to clean and restick the mat. Once the glue has air dried, take a cotton t-shirt or lint-free cloth and press it lightly down on the mat and then remove. This will pull off some of the stick so it is now “light” tack instead of regular tack.

FABRIC MAT: When new, the Fabric Mat is super, super, super sticky! You can use the same methods to clean and restick it, but you will need multiple coats of glue to increase the stickiness.

Let the first coat air dry and then draw another coat over it. Repeat this so you have 3 coats total. That’s about as sticky as a mat can get with this glue. If that’s still not sticky enough, you may need to use a High Tack Fabric Adhesive Mat on top of the Fabric Mat to get it super sticky once more.

MAT NOT STICKY ENOUGH: If the mat isn’t sticky enough with one coat of glue, add a second coat. Just wait for the first coat to dry and then draw a second coat on top of it and let it air dry again. Don’t do more than three coats, as more coats start to gum up the surface.

MAT TOO STICKY: If the mat is too sticky, press a cotton t-shirt or other lint-free cloth lightly down onto the surface and remove to pull off some of the stick.

MAT IS LUMPY WITH PUDDLES OR BLOBS OF GLUE: As I mentioned above, you want to do your absolute best to avoid puddles or blobs of glue from forming on the mat while you are resticking it. It is easiest to deal with them when the glue is still wet.

If that wasn’t possible and you have some blobs on the now dry mat, try “desticking” them with a piece of copy paper by pressing it onto the blob and then pulling it away. If this doesn’t solve the problem, press a lint-free cloth on to the spot and remove to pull off some of the stickiness. If the blob still persists, you can carefully scrape it off with a butter knife and then restick that spot with the Zig 2 Way Glue Pen once more.

When Is It Time to Say Goodbye to a ScanNCut Mat?

So how do you know, when it’s time to say goodbye to a ScanNCut mat? When is it too used to be cleaned and restuck and just needs to be replaced?

I trash my old ScanNCut mats when:

  • the mat has multiple cuts that go all the way through the surface of the mat so the mat doesn’t hold its shape well anymore
  • the mat has a bunch of areas where the top layer of the mat has been gouged out or removed from the surface so material doesn’t really lie flat on the surface anymore
  • the mat is so dirty, usually with bits of paper pulp, that I can no longer clean it well AND restick it

Those situations don’t come along too often, so I’ve been able to use and reuse my mats for years.

So, those are my techniques to clean and restick a ScanNCut mat. If you give them a try, I hope they help you save some money and gets lots more use out of your ScanNCut mats!

Questions or Comments?

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Suggestions?

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4 Comments

  1. Virginia says:

    I’ve lost the protective cover sheet that protects my Brother Fabric Mat. It doesn’t look like I can purchase a new one. Do you have any suggestions for making a new cover sheet?

    1. elenaa3 says:

      Hmmm…that’s tough. If you can find a large acetate sheet that would work. The Recollections brand at Michael’s stores in the US and Canada sell 12″ x 12″ clear acetate sheets in a pack. It wouldn’t cover the entire mat but would protect the sticky part. If you can find even bigger ones, that would be even better (obviously – lol). Possibly parchment paper, wax paper or aluminum foil might work in a pinch. Or, you could try storing it in one of those really big Ziploc bags. None of those are ideal, but would at least protect the sticky surface. Good luck on this difficult quest!
      – Elena

  2. Veronica Gregory says:

    I cut a large plastic delivery bag (the kind that parcels get delivered in)around 3 sides and open it up, then cut to the size of my mat, works perfectly

    1. elenaa3 says:

      What a great idea! Thanks for suggesting that. – Elena

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