How to Remove a Rubber Threshold

A rubber threshold is often used in a utility room, kitchen or garage since it is very durable and easy to clean. Removing a rubber threshold is an easy job requiring only a few tools.

You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Heat gun

Step 1: Determine Type

Rubber thresholds are usually installed in one of two ways. Some are screwed into the doorway with long screws directly into the sub-floor. Some rubber thresholds are glued down. Either of these types may also have a metal flange attached to the floor that a channel on the back of the threshold snaps into.

Step 2: Removal of Threshold

If you have the screw on type, the job is simple. Just use the screwdriver to remove the screws and it should pop right off. If not, use the putty knife to pop the threshold off.

The glued on type is a bit more difficult to remove. Pry it off with the putty knife if at all possible. You may need to use the heat gun to loosen the adhesive, but be careful not to melt the rubber or set it on fire. Any remaining adhesive can be scraped off after being loosened with the heat gun.

The snap on threshold is very easy to remove, push the putty knife underneath the edge and simply pop it off the metal flange.