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Wish There Was a Better Solution
on June 28, 2017
This is by far the best place to buy cutting mats. Amazon pricing on these can't be beat! Most craft stores sell these for $13-$15 and most won't allow you to use a coupon.
The product itself though? Well, you need it to use your Cricut. It's as good as any of the other mats that you need to use for your Cricut. It's really nothing special. These are the mats that came with your Cricut.
My issue with them is that they really don't last for that many cuts before the sticky part stops working. This is especially true for paper products, which tend to leave behind a fine dust of paper. You also scrape the glue off a little each time you use the wedge to peel off a project. It's going to be a bummer for you if you use a glitter sheet, have pets that shed, or have much dust in your house.
You definitely want to save the protective plastic that goes over the top to store them in. That's the only thing I've been able to find to lengthen their life.
I've read several "sticky recovery" methods online on how to lengthen the life of these. I've tried several of them. Some people say you can clean them with certain cleaners. I've had no luck with that. Others have said they renew the stickiness with a tacky spray and I would definitely not recommend that unless you want to run the risk of having to replace a blade too. To this date, I haven't found anything that fixes the pads when they are worn out other than if you have a simple project you can tape the edges to hold them down.
At the price Amazon offers them at, it makes it not quite so bad, because you do get a few uses before you have to toss them. When I was paying nearly twice the price, I was getting pretty distressed. It's a shame that Provo Craft hasn't come up with a better solution to renewing these yet. It's a waste of plastic. Definitely not a "green" choice.
My best recommendation to you is just order two of these two packs and have them in reserve. Cricut is undoubtedly a fun system, but this is an area I wish they'd put some effort into coming up with a better solution on.