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Do cutting mats warp?
Storing the mat vertically
Ellee

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Date: 7/31/08 2:22 PM

Has anyone had this happen when storing the mats? I store my cutting mat behind a door when it's not in use. When I take it out it usually has a slight bend or two that go away when put on a floor or table. I'm thinking this may not be good and due to heat or time the bends will stay and ruin the mat.

Just checking in to see if anyone does this and if their mat has problems or not?

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Date: 7/31/08 2:24 PM

My Olfa mat warps badly unless I store it flat or hang it vertically (it's easy to put two big bulldog clips on it, and hang the mat from two cuphooks on my sewing room wall).

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Date: 7/31/08 3:01 PM

I did the same thing - stand it up to store it and yes it did warp. I've had it laying down now for about 2 years and it's still warped....argh!

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Date: 7/31/08 3:01 PM

Hi Ellee!
I store my mat under our bed--that way it's kept horizontal & has no bend problems... Better than us two 'ole goats!!

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Date: 7/31/08 3:41 PM

I store my mat and ruler behind my sofa in our living room. It's against the wall that next to the kitchen (my kitchen table is my cutting table) so it's ready and waiting when I want to use it.

However, it's wedged in there pretty good. I usually have to ask my DH to get off the sofa so I can move it out and inch or two to pull it out.

I've stored it this way for maybe 3 years? No warping yet. But like I said, it's wedged in there.

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Date: 7/31/08 3:47 PM

I also have mine behind the sofa without problems (like Ryan's Mom it's wedged too tightly to think about warping) but I love the idea of hanging it from clips on the wall - once I have room I'll have to do that!

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Date: 7/31/08 4:22 PM

Oh boy! Thats what I thought - I went to investigate the clip idea and found a premade hole in the mat for a nail. So now I can put a nail behind the door and hang it up.

Thanks everyone =)

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Date: 8/1/08 0:38 AM

I have more than one mat and all of mine have been stored vertically between a bookshelf and the wall for 5 or 6 years....it's fine, even in the temperature and humidity extremes of a 3rd floor, non-air-conditioned Chicago apartment. Sometimes one or another of them is slightly warped but leaving it out flat for a few hours usually solves it.

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Date: 8/1/08 11:00 PM

They will warp permanently if left in the car during the summer

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Date: 8/2/08 12:01 PM

Yes, they can warp. Guess how I know

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