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Utility Knife: A fixed blade works best with a retractable utility knife. Be sure the blades are sharp, not dull, it will make this cutting procedure a lot easier and safer. If you are making repeated cuts, you may want to have blade replacements or a blade sharpener at hand.
Chalk: It’s always best to mark the line with something that can be easily seen and washed off. Mark the line with chalk and wash it off when you’re done. Avoid using more-permanent methods of marking, like pens or sharpies.
Straight Edge: You will need a straight edge to mark up the line and to use for support when cutting rubber. This will allow you to make a clean and straight edge. A yard or meter stick will work fine, preferably one made out of a thin metal material. These are less likely to have inconsistencies.
Gloves: Having a pair of protective gloves is imperative; do not forget the sharp utility knife being used! All employees at rubber product suppliers use gloves constantly and so should you. Follow these steps on how to cut gym mats for a straight cut:
1)Lay the gym mats tile on the ground. Then, using the straight edge, mark the line where you will cut with your chalk until the line is visible and straight.
2)Now, place your straight edge on the cutting mark firmly and use your sharp utility knife to score the line three to four times. Cutting gym floor tiles can take longer for thicker materials so you may need to score it a few more times in those situations.
3)Next, grab the gym mats close to the line where you cut and bend it towards you. The line will break open when you do this.
4)Last but not least, lay the mat back flat on the ground and score the line a few more times working down until the cut is complete. Cutting rubber gym flooring tiles with these instructions give you a well-fitted rubber flooring. You can also read our guide for gym floor mats installation