Tips on Cleaner Cutting for a Better Crafting Experience
Sharpening and Cleaning Blades is Essential for Good Clean Cuts
Sharpening and cleaning Cricut Blades is essential if you want to make sure you have the best possible slice on a variety of surfaces.
When it comes to your blades, you have two choices:
Buy a replacement blade (quite often if you want it to remain sharp). Blades are easily dulled when you cut paper and vinyl.
Clean and sharpening your Cricut blades for a longer lasting great crafting experience. By cleaning and sharpening your Cricut blade, you will save a ton of time and money. Your blade replacements will be much further apart when you care for them right from the start.
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Cleaning and Sharpening Step-by-Step Guide
Step One - Aluminum Foil
Roll up a big ball of heavy duty aluminum foil and set it aside.
Step Two - Removing Residue
Remove any residue from your Cricut blade. Remove the blade from the housing then blow off the debris or use a cleaning solution. You can soak your blades in hot soapy water then gently remove the residue. Be careful so that you do not puncture yourself with the blade. Once the residue is removed, place the blade back into the housing.
Step Three - Stabbing Technique
To sharpen your blade, depress the blade lever at the top so that the blade is exposed but will not fall out of the housing, Stab the blade into the aluminum foil ball several times. I usually do this 50 times after I have been making several projects. Getting into the habit of doing this before a cut really helps.
Step Four - The Slicing Technique
Alternatively you can depress the lever in the same way but this time go through slicing motions in the aluminum foil ball. The aluminum acts as a sharpener. You can do the same thing with a pair of scissors if they need sharpening.
Step Five - Test Cutting
Do some test cuts with both paper and vinyl. If the blade is not sharp enough, repeat the process. I find that the first few times you use this method you will need to sharpen the blade twice but once you are in maintenance mode once will suffice.
Make a plan to sharpen your blade after each day you use your blades.
Taking the time to care for your Cricut Blades will make your crafting experience much smoother. You will not only save time and money you will also have the advantage of getting cleaner cuts when you need them.
Projects that have a lot of detail really need those sharp and clean blades so the cut goes all the way through. Caring for your Cricut Blades is like washing the dishes - it is something you really need to do before you serve the next meal.
I really hope you are able to use this tip and it will make a difference in how your Cricut performs.
Until next time,