Tile Cutting | How To Cut Tiles

Most tiling projects will require some sort of tile cutting. Whether there is an awkward obstacle that the tiles need to be fitted around, or edging that requires trimming. When cutting tiles, it is important to be accurate and make clean cuts for less wastage. Whatever method you are using to cut the tiles be sure to measure where the tile needs to be cut and mark the tile in the correct position with a pencil. Be sure to leave enough room for grout. The next stages of how to cut tiles will depend on what type of tile cutter is being used. For a manual tile cutter, once measured, place the tile in the cutter and score the tile by pressing down firmly on the handle. Apply pressure to both sides of the tile and it should snap easily into two equal pieces. Check that the edges of the tile are clean. A manual tile cutter is best for cutting straight lines into tiles. When using a tile scribe, after measuring, score the cut line. Hold the tile scribe at a 45-degree angle and use a ruler to ensure a straight cut. Break the tile cleanly using pressure either side of the tile. Check that the edges are clean. A tile scribe is best used for cutting thinner tiles. When using an electric cutter, firstly, be sure that the cutter has been set up correctly with a water tray. If cutting curved lines, mark out the lines with a pencil, be aware that the tile cannot be turned during the cutting process. Mark lines up to the curve and use the cutter to cut each of these out. Mark around the curve with a tile scribe and cut into the score. Use the tile nipper to break aware any remaining areas of the tile. An electric cutter is ideal for cutting angles and curved edges in thicker tiles such as porcelain and stone.

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