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Do’s and Don’ts for Cleaning Your Cricut Explore

Clean Explore Tips

Congrats, you bought the Cricut Explore and love it !  But now it is time to make sure you are taking good care of your investment right ?  With all the cardstock cutting, glitter paper cutting, vinyl cutting, and other materials that we all use, our Cricut Explore machines do tend to get a little dirty. I have a few tips I use to keep my Cricut Explore clean and beautiful as the day I received it and thought I would share with you.

DO’s :

  • Turn your machine off while cleaning
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe down your machine…I use a non-alcohol baby wipe
  • Clean off the rollers to remove residue…watch my video to see how I do this easily
  • Clean out the blade housing to remove residue…important to keep this area clean  at all times
  • It’s ok to gently move the housing unit to one side to clean the case


  • Don’t ever spray cleaner directly on your machine
  • Don’t ever wipe off the bar holding the housing…that grease is supposed to be on there
  • Don’t ever  touch the gear chain at the back of the unit
  • Don’t clean while your machine is turned on

If you notice your Cricut Explore starts making a grinding noise, contact Cricut Support at 1-877-727-4288. They can review and decide if you need to add more grease to the housing unit bar. They have a special kit and instructions they will send you to use. Do not attempt to just add any other grease to the bar.

I hope you found this helpful information in keeping your Cricut Explore in top shape for many more days of creating !  Be sure and subscribe to my You Tube Channel (click link) so you don’t miss any other videos I make on Cricut Explore.

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  • Joyce smith

    Unfortunately I am a messy and disorganized crafter. My machine appears to be much dirtier than yours looks. I think I actually have adhesive on the plastic parts below the rollers. I think this comes from using tape pens on my work surface and then putting my Cricut mats down in the same place while I am positioning my paper on the mat. I guess I have learned not to do that anymore. But in the meantime, I think that adhesive has transferred to the backside of my mats and then onto the machine. Will baby wipes remove this? If not, what do you suggest?

    April 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM
      • Darin

        Thank you Thank you!! I’m sitting here looking at my filthy sticky explore and stumbled across this page. Goo gone has made it look darn near new! THANK YOU!!!!!

        June 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM
  • Paula

    Great video, but I do have a question. Do you know how I could tighten up the housing unit for the pen? Mine is loose and want to try and write something it looks very sloppy

    August 7, 2015 at 2:53 PM
  • JoAnn

    Hi Paula,
    I was wondering if I could use compressed air to blow out the little pieces of dust and/or scrappy paper ??

    September 2, 2015 at 7:57 AM
  • Julie

    Any idea how to clean the mats

    January 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM
  • While cleaning your Cricut with a baby wipe might be a good idea, maybe you should warn people about how easy it is when you put a baby wipe that close to the rollers for it to get accidentally sucked up in the rollers and seriously jam the machine.. And that it might take you almost four hours picking it out piece by piece, all the while praying that you haven’t ruined your machine.

    April 6, 2016 at 4:13 PM
  • K P

    My daughters machine is making a grinding noise, but the needle is not working properly, either. Are these both concerns for Support? Also, would calibration do the trick? Thank you.

    April 7, 2016 at 10:40 AM
  • Jenny

    I just purchased some new mats that have a very strong petroleum smell. Should I return them. Are they defective? I don’t remember my other new mats smelling so strong. It is making my eyes water and also seems too sticky.

    May 27, 2016 at 2:12 PM
  • Rosie

    I just cut a serious amount of glitter paper. Now, my cricut won’t even cut cardstock properly. I’m cutting lace backings for wedding invitations and it rips that paper or leaves rough edges. I’ve replaced the mats and blades and still no go. I think inside the housing unit needs cleaned, but I’m not sure how to go about that. Any tips on how to get the glitter out? Or any ideas why it might not be cutting well?

    August 22, 2016 at 10:46 PM
  • Valerie

    I am new to the Cricuit world and came across this page. I love all of the great advice given here and I cant wait to get started on some projects.


    November 8, 2016 at 11:10 AM
  • corrine

    I cleaned my mats with baby wipes, now the cardstock doesn’t stick. I have to purchase new mats.

    August 25, 2017 at 12:10 AM

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