How to cut tiles correctly?

Cut tiles with a wheel cutter/scriber or speed cutter

You can make straight cuts manually with a tile cutter wheel (or tile scriber) or with a snap-on tile cutter. The process is similar for both methods, but larger tile jobs may be handled more efficiently with a fast tile cutter. Always wear safety gear such as goggles and gloves when cutting tiles.

1. Measure and mark the incision with a pencil or non-permanent marker.

2. Use your knife wheel or snap tile cutter to score the tiles along the line. Use firm pressure and only pass once. Do not press too hard or you may break the tile.

3. Use the rod of the quick cutter from above the score line and press down firmly to bite the tile. For smaller areas or small tiles, you can also use specialized pliers or knives to complete the cut.

Smooth any jagged areas with a friction stone designed for the specific material you are using.

Cutting tiles with tile cutters

Tile pliers are often used for curved manual cuts. This tool is best for smaller cuts as it can be labor-intensive. Make sure you wear safety equipment while doing this task, as the pliers can cause pieces of tile to fly away as you cut.

1. Measure and mark the incision with a pencil or non-permanent marker.

2. Use a knife wheel or a tile scriber to score the tiles along the line.

3. Use tile pliers to remove very small pieces from the tile until the cut is complete.

4. Smooth any jagged areas with tile stone as needed.

Cutting tiles with a wet saw

Wet saws are often the tool of choice for materials such as stone and harder tile. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent one at your local home improvement store.

Make sure the blade is specific to the material you are cutting. Glass tiles, for example, need to be cut with a finer diamond blade so the edges don’t chip. It’s worth investing a few bucks in the right blade for the job. Also, be sure to wear eye and hearing protection as well as non-slip shoes and gloves before cutting.

Before making any cuts, fill the plate/tank with water and check to make sure the water will come into contact with the blade. This prevents the wheels (and tiles) from overheating and causing damage.

Measure and mark the incision with a pencil or non-permanent marker.

Line up your markers and power up while holding the tile directly against the fence.

Check to make sure the water is in contact with the spinning blades and give the machine some time to reach full speed.

Lay the tile on the sliding bed of the saw so that the cut line is aligned with the saw blade.

Hold the tile firmly in place with two hands, one hand on either side of the blade. Slowly slide the bed forward to engage the tile into the blade and keep pushing until the cut is complete. Make sure you don’t force the tile into the blade, and be very careful to keep your hands away from the saw while it’s running.

Pull the tile away from the saw, being careful not to touch the blade. Turn off the saw and let it come to a complete stop before preparing for the next cut.

Cutting tiles with an angle grinder

An angle grinder is a great tool for making curved cuts. If you don’t have these power tools, you can rent them from your local home improvement store. In addition to safety equipment, be sure to wear a mask when making this type of cut, as it generates a lot of dust.

Measure and mark the incision with a pencil or non-permanent marker.

Scribe along the line with a knife wheel or tile scriber.

Clamp the tile to the table before cutting.

Make sure the tool guard is set correctly and turn on the angle grinder.

Cut slowly and carefully, making as many passes as needed.


Post time: Apr-02-2022