Thanks! I will try this with the competition mats.

On Aug 26, 2012, at 11:13 PM, Paul Handly wrote:

> We had no trouble at all with the folded mat this year. I think the trick was to unpack and unfold the mat right away and then roll it up like a poster. We let our mat sit for at least a week rolled up tight and just unrolled it today on to its new practice table and its as smooth as can be.
> 
> From: Leandra Aguon Velasco <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:31 PM
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
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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
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] This year's field mat condition
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > 
> > Thanks Betsy.
> > 
> > How long is "a while"?
> > 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Betsy Wilco" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > 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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