I have a Brutus Monroe Stick and Stamp and two Scrapbook.com Clearly Amazing mats. I also have a dog and two cats and it is spring, a/k/a shedding season. None of these mats is particularly sticky anymore. They sort of hold paper, especially the Brutus Monroe, but they also give off little bits of fuzzy cruft that is now a bit sticky. Stamped images somehow end up looking a bit furry or fuzzy themselves.
Is there any way to revive these? I suspect not, since SB.C sells theirs in multi-packs, but I thought I'd reach out to the font of collective wisdom here.
I think my best bet is trash all three of these (or at least the two amazing mats) and not open the Brutus Monroe one in my C&C box until after shedding season is over.
I know when my plastic cutting mat for my electronic cutter loses its tackiness, I can refresh it. I first rinse it under running water, gently rubbing the tacky surface with my fingers. Then I let it dry. If it is still not tacky enough, I take a large tip Zig Two Way Glue pen and rub it all over the mat, then let it dry. Zig glue is tacky when you let it dry. It is permanent when you apply something to it when wet, then let it dry.
I don’t know what the Brutus Monroe mats are made of. If they have a paper base, you don’t want to get it wet. However, you might be able to get it tacky again with the Zig glue. Just don’t put it on too heavy and then make sure it is left to thoroughly dry in an area where dust is less likely (like under a large cardboard box).
The SB.C mats seem to be some sort of plastic or acetate base, but I think the Brutus Monroe are paper-based. Can I just put new adhesive over the dust and dander that's on them now? I am also guessing that the Alene's Tack-it Over and Over that I used to make a cling stamp out of a wood-mounted stamp would also work.
I would experiment with washing one of the plasticky mats, especially if you’re considering throwing them away. Worst case they disintegrate or don’t get any better and end up in the trash sooner. I think you’ll get better results with the glue if they’re cleaner. I think I’ve seen Julie Balzer use packing tape to de-fluff a mat, like a lint roller. Or maybe try a lint roller?
Lint rollers never worked well for me, but I think you could probably use a damp, lint free cloth to wipe down the paper based mats, to get any larger debris off. Just don’t let it be too wet. I agree that it would be best to get rid of some of the dust/debris before you add new tacky adhesive.
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2023 23:06:33 GMT by scrapnnana
It mostly took off what it should. I do have one ink stain on mine. But it had no effect on the pet hair and lint.
Can you just soak it and just scrap the sticky part off and use the glue to create a new sticky surface.
Maybe worth to buy the Altenew sticky surface that they use in the stamping wheel, I believe they are selling it separately. It should be easier to keep it clean with cat or dog hair.
I have tried everything with mine too. Lint and cat hair just does not come off.
During the cold months (I live in a horribly drafty 115YO building) I typically wear stretch fleece tops and bottoms if I'm at home for the day. The fleecy bits are a major pain with the stick and stamp mats. In the future I need to either make sure to push my sleeves up or change my top before using the mat.
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The BM Stick n Stamp seems to have a paper/cardboard core, so I don't dare soak it. The SB.C Clearly Amazing mats were less stickly to begin with, thus have less cruft adhered to them, are cheaper to begin with, and clearly are some kind of non-porous plasticky stuff. I have every intention of trying some sort of scrape it off and start from scratch with Alene's, since I bought the glue for something else anyway.