I will warn you that I don't often bake. My husband and daughter are the bakers in the house, but I figured I could at least make a batch of cookies without a problem. The directions for the mat say to wash it first with soap and water, spray it with cooking spray, and then you are ready to go.
Aside from my own inability to bake, I do love this mat. Effortlessly, the cookies came right off the mat, cleanup was super easy, and storage takes up almost no space.