I have a Cricut that I share with my mom. I haven't used it in awhile. Wanna know why? Because the mat lost it's stickiness and I didn't want to shell out the 12 bucks.
Yep... I'm just that cheap. :D
Anyhow, I needed to use it again recently... and it dawned on me I should google and see if I could just make the old one sticky again.
First Tip: Wash your mat with dish liquid, water and a soft cloth. Most of your tacky surface is probably still there- it's just covered up with paper, dust & other crafty stuff.
Second Tip: Once the tacky really is gone, go out a buy a Zig 2 way glue pen (chisel tip).
(you can even use a coupon to buy it... unlike cricut accessories!)
Coat your entire mat with this pen, working your way from top to bottom in straight lines.
Allow mat to dry 15-20 minutes.
You may need to "set" your mat by pressing your hands all over it before it's first use.
Then, you're good to go!
Some people use Aleen's Tack it Over and Over glue (mixed half and half with water... apply with a sponge stick), or a spray adhesive. But, most people think the Zig pen is much better- even stickier than when the mat is brand new, actually!
oh yeah... I just found out about a software program called scal (sure cuts alot.) It allows you to hook up your cricut to your computer, use all your true type fonts and dingbats, and create your own customized look! It's about $75.
Be sure to get version 1 or 2. They are compatible with Cricut Personal, Cricut Expression, Cricut Create & Cricut Cake.