As mentioned in a previous blast the Field Setup Kit is being shipped in one square box this year with the challenge mat folded. You will be required to unfold the mat and lay it flat to allow the material to relax along the fold lines. Hand smoothing occasionally is also required. It may take 2-3 days for wrinkles and creases to relax. If the folded creases are particularly stubborn, applying low heat to the BACK of the mat with a hair dryer while moving it along the fold lines for ~ one minute will help as well. Although it should not be necessary, taking an iron to the BACK of the mat will help. DO NOT apply heat to the printed side of the mat with an iron or hairdryer. Also, rolling the mat around a cardboard or plastic tube may also help alleviate any folds, wrinkles, or creases. Thanks for your attention to this matter.
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