So you want to cut the ceramic tiles in your house but you can’t afford to hire someone to do the job for you. Why spend money when you can get it done all by yourself?
Seems too hard? Pfft! Not if you know the right process. You see, you can cut ceramic tiles in a lot of ways, but the question is, are you going for the easy track? Well, that’s what I’m going to make sure.
I’ll tell you how to cut ceramic tile in the easiest ways possible. From now on, you won’t have to hire someone to cut the tiles for you. Let me shed some lights on you.
How to Cut Ceramic Tile
I’ve come up with 4 different methods that you can use to cut your ceramic tiles in no time. Read the steps and see which method suits you the most.
Method 1: Glass Cutter for Straight Cuts
In this method, I’ll show you how to get straight cuts like a pro using a glass cutter. Follow these steps and you’ll get to know all the know-how.
Measure and Mark Your Tiles
Ever heard of a square? It’s basically a special type of ruler with a right-angle shape. First, you’ll need to place the ruler in such a way that the horizontal edge of the square gets aligned with the tile’s edge on the bottom. You can draw your guideline using a pencil and the square’s vertical edge.
Placing the Tile and Repositioning the Square
Bring home a workbench if you can. If you can’t manage a workbench, at least, you’ll get plywood, (you’re not that poor I suppose).
Once you bring the workbench (or the plywood; pfft! Whatever), you’ll need to place the square next to the marked line. With this, you’ll be able to cut along the line, rather than cutting right into the ruler.
Scoring the Tile Using Class Cutter
Press down the glass cutter on the tile. Now, drag in in such a way that it goes across the line you just drew. You’ll have to use the square as your guide. To make a shallow cut, you might want to score the tile a few more times.
Snap the Tile Over A Wire Hanger
Placing the tile on the wire hanger’s top is the next thing you need to do. Now, while doing it, you need to align the hanger with the line which you’ve scored a few moments back. Once done, it’s time for you to press down on the tile’s unscored edges. Keep pressing it down until it snaps.
Smooth the Tiles’ Edges
You’ll need brick in this part. Just rub the tile’s cut edge across a brick back and forth. If you can’t find a brink, you can use concrete too. ‘Why should I even do it?’ you may say to yourself. Well, this will buff the roughness away. Remember sandpaper? Yep, that’s how you’re making it work.
Method 2: Using A Tiling Tool to Make Straight Cuts
If method 1 didn’t work for you, this one surely will. Tiling tools are pretty easy to use and they make your job easy as a pie. Here’s what you need to do.
Measure and Mark
Like method one, you’ll have to mark the tile using a square and of course a pencil. Now, you’ll have to make sure one of the edges of the square gets aligned with one edge of the tile. To draw the guideline, your pencil can come pretty handy.
Remember, this method is perfect when you’ll have to cut a lot of tiles or a lot of surface area. We’re talking about the corner-to-corner cuts.
The Tile Should Go into the Tile Cutter
First off, forget the square a bit. Now, set the piece of tile inside the tile cutter. Now, you’ll have to make sure the tile stays against the fence. To do this, you can try pushing it a bit. However, you need to make sure there’s no debris at all.
Sometimes dust and debris tend to prevent the tile from touching the fence. This is why, getting rid of the debris is a must. Afterward, you’ll need to keep the line you just drew under the scoring wheel.
Score the Tile by Using the Tile Cutter
Go for a smooth and even pressure. You see the cutter’s handle? You’ll have to press down on it gently. Now, it’s time for you to slide the part of the wheel across the tile.
If you hear a scratching noise, by the way, there’s no need for you to scratch your head. It’s all fine. Rather, it indicates that everything is going according to plan and you’re being able to cut the tile.
Snap the Tile in Half
To do this, you’ll need to use the tile cutter. Make sure the handle of the cutter stays a bit away from the tile’s edge. It should be in such a way that the breaking feet stay on the tile’s top. Now, you’ll need to press down on its handle gently again so that you can lower the breaking feet and thus end up snapping the tile.
Now, if you’re dealing with a thin strip, you can use a wood strip and a jig to snap it off. To do this, you’ll have to set up a jig that comes with 2 1 by 4s composition. Now, all you need to do is separate the 1 by 4s using a wood strip. However, make sure the wood strip has got an equal thickness to the tile you’re using.
Once done, it’s time to see whether the scoreline is level with the jig set-up’s edge. If it’s good, you’ll have to clean break by pressing down on the tile.
Method 3: Using Wet Saw to Get Straight and Corner Cuts
Not just straight cuts, you can get corner cuts by using a wet saw. Want to know how? Let me break it down for you.
Measure and Mark
What can I say? The first step to every method starts with the same thing. You’ll need to use a measuring square to check how much of a tile you need to cut. Once you find where you’d want to make the cut, you’ll have to make a strong mark. It has to be strong enough so that the water doesn’t erase it.
Now, you can make horizontal marks, vertical ones or even go diagonal according to your demands.
Follow the Saw’s Instruction
The wet saw comes with instructions, so you better follow it from head to toe. When I’m talking about following the instructions, I want you to focus on maintaining it closely because each saw is a bit different than the other. Most of the time, you’ll have to use water to fill the tub and turn on the saw.
Here’s something you need to be cautious about though. Make sure the level of the water isn’t too low. If it gets dirty in any way, you’ll have to replace it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the saw won’t operate as it should.
Cut the Tile as Per Instruction
Like I said, each saw is a bit different than the other, so to make the cleanest cut, you’ll have to follow the instructions with an eagle eye. Don’t force the tile or push it hard into the saw. Rather, it’s preferable to go gentle so that the tile goes towards the saw. Once done, the saw will do the cutting and slicing for you.
Smooth Down the Roughness
Sometimes the cuts don’t come as clean as you want. You may find some roughness on the edges. If that’s the case, you might want to rub the tile’s edge simply with a brick. If you can’t find any brick, you can rub it across a concrete a few times.
Method 4: Using Tile Nipper to Get Curves
Probably one of the easiest methods you’ll find. Using tile nipper is more like cutting your nails
Draw A Curve Line
This time the first step is a bit different. You’ll need to use a pencil to draw a curved line on the place you want to make the cut. To make things a bit convenient, you can use lids, cans, French curves or anything round as a template.
Use the Tile Nipper
Get yourself the tile nippers. The tile should be carefully pinched in between them. Make sure they’re close to the tile’s edge. Now, start breaking off the pieces of tile bit by bit at a time. However, don’t break off too much tile at once, or you may end up breaking the entire tile.
For your convenience, you can try squeezing down on the nipper’s handle. This will help you have a good grip on the piece of the tile. Now, it’s time to snap the piece off. Continue breaking off the tile pieces until you get yourself to the curved line.
Refine the Line
You’re close to the end. If you see any unrefined edges, use a brick and rub it on the edge of the tile to smoothen it. Keep rubbing back and forth to get an effective result.
Well, that was everything on how to cut ceramic tile. With these simple steps in your brain, I don’t think you’ll ever need to cut the tile for you. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the equipment and tools you need to slice it down and get to work.