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Should you tear or cut bubble wrap to use it?

Bubble wrap for packing is a great and useful material that is typically used for protection purposes while you move home. It is cheap to buy and easily accessible online and is well worth the trouble to ensure that your household possessions are completely safe from harm.

Actually using bubble wrap is simple, and all you have to do is wrap up your things so that they are completely covered, with no gaps, and just one or two layers will ensure that the things wrapped up are safe. The tiny air bubbles provide the layer of protection from knocks and bumps so that your things inside don’t feel a thing. Once your things are wrapped up, all you have to do is tape up the edges to hold it in place. But one important question remains; should you tear or cut bubble wrap when you have wrapped up your things before taping it?

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  • If you want the edge of the bubble wrap to be straight, because the item you are wrapping up is a gift that you are sending in the post for example, then you will definitely need to cut the edges. It is very difficult to get a straight edge when tearing bubble wrap, so cutting really is the only option.
  • If the bubble wrap rolls near me are good quality enough (which it should be!) then you will not be able to tear it easily. It would become a bit of a mess, so in this instance cutting it is also the preferable option. Good quality bubble wrap is made with a thicker material than poorer quality bubble wrap, and this is what makes it that little bit harder to tear off.
  • If you do not have any scissors to hand, then tearing it will be the only option. The best thing to do is get a straight edge from a large ruler, or any other object that has a long straight edge such as furniture or a table or something, and place that onto the bubble wrap where you want to tear it. Make a fold at this line, like you would when you tear the paper, and then slowly and carefully tear along that edge to make as straight a line as possible.
  • Cutting extra-strong bubble wrap UK with a sharp knife can also work well, but you need a cutting board below it before you cut because otherwise, you will damage the floor or object underneath.
  • Ultimately, if you are in a rush and need to get the job done as quickly as possible, then tearing bubble wrap may be the only option, as quickly as possible. In this case, forget about doing it neatly and just give it a go. There is not a lot that can go wrong, and it won’t ruin the bubble wrap too much either. You will end up with a jagged edge, but this may not matter for the sake of protection purposes.
  • We hope that we have answered your question and given you some indication as to what is best. Cutting is preferable, but not necessary.