Cutting mats are used to protect the surface of your tabletop or workbench from cuts, glue or any other damage that can occur while paper cutting, cosplay crafting, model making or just about any other hobby. Cut, slice, mold and paint on the surface, wipe clean and then do it all over again with the next project. Cutting mats are a versatile “tool” we don’t always notice but are always glad we have. So ever wonder how cutting mats work?
Excel’s self healing cutting mats are 3mm thick, about twice as thick as many other cutting mats on the market today, rigid and pliable. They have soft self-healing PVC layers on both sides and have a durable hard PVC center layer.
How do Cutting Mats Self Heal?
If cutting mats were as fragile as the table surface you work on, they wouldn’t last very long. Self-healing cutting mats were designed to withstand a lot of use and handling. Self-healing cutting mats heal because they are not made of a solid material, like glass or even soft plastic. Instead, self healing cutting mats are made of tiny particles pressed into a semi-solid surface that absorbs cuts and then, due to the non-solid nature of the mat, quickly fills in the cut.
When to Use a Self-Healing Mat?
Another helpful feature of the cutting mat is the inch grid on the surface layer. Both metric and imperial rulers on each of the sides make it easy to measure materials like paper, fabric or cork, and to align rulers for the perfect straight cut.
Cutting mats should be cleaned with a damp cloth, especially when using art mediums like polymer clay, glue or paint. Keep away from direct heat sources so the mat does not warp. Store flat so that it does not bend out of shape.