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I ended up using the iron to press out the folds.  Flip the mat to the back side on top the ironing board, place a small towel over the mat, and steam press away a section at a time.  It took some time to get it out, but it works.Leandra

> Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:31:33 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
> To: [log in to unmask]
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> Thanks Betsy.
> 
> How long is  "a while"?
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Betsy Wilco" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 6:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
> 
> 
> > If you leave it out a while, the folds relax quite a bit, but you can also 
> > use a blow dryer on the back to hasten that. We have not set our field up 
> > yet, as I can't start till school does, but mine has flattened out nicely 
> > on the guest bed at home!
> >
> >>>> "Lloyd O'Hara" 08/26/12 6:26 PM >>>
> > I have not been paying much attention, until today (I've been 
> > procrastinating), to our field setup box that arrived a week or two ago. 
> > When I opened the box, first thing I noticed was the mat, all folded up, 
> > within the box. When I layed it out on the table, the second thing I 
> > noticed is that it has some significant creases caused by the folding of 
> > the mat. I'm thinking the creases may cause some issues with robot 
> > navigation. I have two questions and please forgive me they have been 
> > asked before:
> >
> > 1) How do we smooth out the mat? In years past, when the mat came in a 
> > tube, I knew what to do. I'm at a loss here.
> > 2) When we show up at a regional tournament and the tables were set up the 
> > night before, will there be some concerted effort to make sure the mats 
> > are smooth?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Lloyd O'Hara
> > Coach, The Crestwood Monarchs.
> >
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