No tutorial this week, just an honest and open review. Read on and hopefully you will be impressed.
In various Facebook groups that I linger around some folk have been recommending a product called Elbow Grease for cleaning cutting mats.
FYI, I don’t know who originally discovered this and so can’t credit them.
Anyhoo, on a recent trawl around the local town centre I happened to be browsing for wasp traps – yes, really, the little blighters are eating my home to build their nests! – and was in Poundstretcher and stumbled across the Greasey Elbow in question so snapped up a bottle and minced my way home to try it out.
After digging out the worst of the mats I set a couple of towels down – no particular reason other than to avoid a massive mess – and I set about squirting the Elbow Grease all over.
Tapping my foot impatiently I let it sit for a few minutes to soak.
I then took a kitchen sponge and vigorously rubbed in all directions …
… unbelievable! Actually required less real-world elbow grease than I had imagined.
It got the grimey adhesive from the outer areas, the fabric fibres from on the mat and most of the junk in the cut lines.
Now, you won’t have been able to tell this but this mat was unusable as it was so covered in muck so the test of this cleaner will be whether it restores the mat to a useable state – after all, the tack is still there, it was just hidden under a layer of gunk.
I left the mat to dry for an hour and would you believe it? It is usable again!
Gunk had gotten on the back of the mat where the rollers where too and so I even cleaned that too.
So look, it was a chance thing and I have to thank whoever first found that little gem of gloriousness as it defo wasn’t me.
I am certainly going to stock up and also go clean the rest of my mats!
Hope you find this useful.
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