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How Long Does a Cutting Mat Last?

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How Long Does a Cutting Mat Last?

We are often asked this question: How long will my cutting mat last? ALL cutting mats will eventually wear out, they do not last forever, as some folks believe. Most quality-made self-healing cutting mats are designed to last for years, depending on how they are used. All of our products can take repeated cuts without gouging; they are made for heavy professional use. The only exception being our Hobby & Craft mats which are made for light-duty work. However, most any material will show a knife mark unless it is made of stone or hard metal. Do not be alarmed if you can see some small knife marks on some mats. Performance and longevity is dependent on several things:

  • Type of material being cut
  • Type of knife being used
  • Sharpness of cutting blade
  • Cutting pressure by user

Here are some tips to help extend the life of your cutting mat:

  • Always use new, sharp knife blades when cutting and change blades often. Avoid spending hundreds of dollars on a mat, but skimping on a $3.00 blade.
  • Use moderate pressure on the cutting knife. No need to force the knife through your material
  • Rotate your cutting mat often to avoid frequent cuts in the same area.