In general, more reputable name brands will perform and hold up better as they have better technology than cheaper non-branded mats on the market.
So, how do you know when your self-healing mat has self-healed itself for the very last time? Consider the following factors when deciding whether to salvage your mat or say goodbye:
How stained and damaged, is it? Has it stopped repairing itself? Does it have a lot of gashes on the surface? After washing it, is there little or no improvement?
If you answered yes, probably time to investigate buying a new mat. Our favorite cutting mat for quilters are:
- A3 – 24 x 18
- A2 – 48 x 36
- 16 inches by 16 inches