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How do you store your vinyl mat that you use for fondant?

post #1 of 30
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I have a few different sizes of vinyl mats I use for rolling out fondant. They get so cold and stiff they wont lay flat. What do YOU do it make it lay smooth and flat for use each time.

It's kind of like they get stretched out or something and don't want to lay flat after a while! icon_confused.gif
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post #2 of 30
I wipe clean, then roll around by large rolling pin. Place in plastic garbage bag, and store in pantry.


When I first got my Wilton mat, my instructor told me to lay it flat in the dishwasher during a load. That did get some of the creases out.
post #3 of 30
I store mine between two poster boards between the mattress and box springs in the guest bedroom. They're like brand new thumbs_up.gif
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post #4 of 30
My Ateco mat I just roll up. I have smaller pieces of vinyl that I picked up at JoAnn Fabric and a couple of vinyl placemeats that I use. On occasion the vinyl and/or the place mats will get a fold or crinkle in them. I run them under VERY HOT water for a few minutes, dry 'em off good on a flat surface and they are good to go again.
post #5 of 30
I roll mine up and put it back in the plastic tube it came in.
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post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by lcubed82

I wipe clean, then roll around by large rolling pin. Place in plastic garbage bag, and store in pantry.


When I first got my Wilton mat, my instructor told me to lay it flat in the dishwasher during a load. That did get some of the creases out.




I, too, wipe clean and then roll it around the large rolling pin (printed side of mat facing out) and just put it back in the box that the rolling pin came in.
post #7 of 30
I roll them up, place an elastic band around them and stick them on the rack with the other supplies. When ready to use, if they have issues, I'll break out the hair dryer and heat them up while smoothing them down.
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post #8 of 30
I roll mine around my large rolling pin, but I alternate which way I roll it from time to time so that it doesn't start to curl at the edges.

When I am working with small amounts of fondant, I use a small silicone mat that I got in the $1 section at Target...LOVE it! I also knead my MMF on it when making a batch, and the mat doesn't scoot on the counter.

Does anyone have any tricks to keep the vinyl mats from sliding on the counter?
post #9 of 30
Millermom, try cutting a couple of squares from a roll of that squishy cabinet liner. I'm not sure what they call it! I have some lining the inside of my kitchen drawers and cabinet shelves. Place the cut squares under the vinyl, and that should keep it from sliding around while you are rolling your fondant.
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post #10 of 30
does it transfer the texture onto the fondant? icon_confused.gif
post #11 of 30
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Thanks for all the great information but, I think some of you are getting confused with the kind of vinyl that my original question was about.

I am talking about the vinyl that you buy at the fabric store, by the yard. Mine seems to stretch out after awhile and will not lay flat on the counter. When you go to roll out a LARGE piece of fondant you can have wrinkles underneath.

It's looking like that vinyl is not good for a VERY long time. Any other suggestions.

all4cake, I've thought about trying the hair dryer to. I will have to give it a try.

Anyone else find that they are replacing their vinyl sooner than you would like because they wont lay flat anymore? (I do store mine rolled around a big piece of pvc pipe). It doesn't help! icon_cry.gif
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post #12 of 30
millermom, i haven't had to use it because my vinyl sticks to my counter top without any help. i have seen it on how to cake videos and they put the cut out pieces at the corners underneath the vinyl. this way, the fondant is not rolled directly on top of the cut outs. hth
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post #13 of 30
Cocobean, I kept the same piece of vinyl on the counter for a year...I just cut it to fit, and that's my work counter so I used it not only for cakes and cookies, but for bread and tortillas, and the vinyl made for very easy cleanups. Now that we've moved my husband doesn't want a piece of vinyl on the counter permanently, so I roll it up and store it on top of the fridge between uses. I've had it for a month now and it's not getting wrinkles or losing its shape yet.
post #14 of 30
I use the vinyl by the yard from Joannes and put it over the top of my Wilton mat, I roll them both together when I store them and they do get still and won't lay flat so I use a hairdryer too. I just bought a cheapy just for cakes-no hair. It has a couple heat settings and a cold blast which also helps when I'm trying to set RI or candy melts.
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post #15 of 30
The main piece of vinyl I roll on is taped down to the counter in a designated area.

I find that I get about a year from a piece of vinyl.

Over time, with regular use and cleaning, the surface loses it's shine and smoothness. Since it's so cheap to replace--maybe $1 ??--I just replace it. If the piece is in OK condition, I'll wash it, dry it, roll it over a piece of PVC pipe, and keep as a back up or for travel.

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