How to Cut Rubber Floors: 5 Tips How to Cut Rubber Floors: 5 Tips

What You'll Need
Utility knife
Soap and water solution
Straightedge
Gloves

Cutting rubber floors can be a challenge to anyone who has not attempted this before, but if you use a good technique, have the right tools and materials, you'll find it's much easier than it seems.

Tip 1 – Protect Yourself

Always wear heavy gloves to protect your hands from being cut by a sharp knife.

Tip 2 – Choosing the Right Surface to Cut on

When cutting rubber with a utility knife, never lay your rubber on a surface you don't want to scratch up.

Tip 3 – Cutting a Straight Line

If you want to cut a straight line through your rubber, be sure the straightedge you use extends completely across the surface you plan to cut. Your straightedge should always be metal.

Tip 4 – Lubricating the Knife

Rubber has a natural drag that will make it hard for even a sharp knife to cut through. To overcome this drag, dip your knife in a solution of water and soap before you begin cutting.

Tip 5 – Score Your Rubber

The first cut through your rubber, unless the rubber is very thin, will not cut completely through the rubber, but it will score the rubber and act as a guide for your second cut, which will then cut through the rubber.

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