Following directions according to this link, I put tepid water and white vinegar in the bathtub and added my 24" X 36" mat. As you can see, the mat didn't quite fit, but at intervals I left it to soak and then returned to reposition it. I used Dawn dishwashing liquid and my dish scrubber to clean both sides before rinsing it off and laying it flat to air dry.
I'll have to say that I can now see the difference. The mat is greener than it was before, and the cuts aren't so apparent.
Here's the specific information, if you'd like to revitalize your own rotary mat:
OLFA Cutting Mats love moisture!It is recommended that you soak your mat from time to time. Your self healing mat loves moisture.
To soak it, put your mat in a bathtub or large container (would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soak it for 15-20 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water. Let me repeat, cool water. Do this every so often to help extend its useful life.
Then use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory) and clean the mat with a mushroom brush (soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to remove the fibers that get trapped in the cuts marks preventing the cuts from "healing".
Keep 'em clean, keep 'em moist, keep 'em flat and NO heat. Your cutting mat is not a coffee cup coaster!
Like me, I hope you have a cute mug rug for your coffee (or wine)! Thanks Carla. I still love this.
I'd like to leave you with a smile today. This will only be meaningful though if you've seen the cartoon movies Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2. Our grandsons, Tay and Aesa's first movie theater experience, with me, was seeing Despicable Me 2. It was only natural for us to give them that DVD for Christmas.
Apparently, they've watched the movie several times now, and have memorized some of the script!
In their premier and starring rolls as Minions, here are 4 year-old Tay (left), and 3-1/2 year-old Aesa.