How to cut tiles
Whenever you are tiling a wall or floor you will probably need to cut some of the tiles to fit around furniture, or an obstacle such as a toilet or a pipe.
Generating various tile shards and fragments is inevitable when cutting tiles. Because these shards can be very sharp, it’s always best to wear appropriate safety equipment such as safety goggles and protective gloves. Although they’re not essential we also recommend wearing kneepads too, as tiling often involves kneeling for long periods of time.
What is the best way to cut tiles?
The most suitable tools for cutting depends on the type of tile you’re working with. There are a number of tools for cutting ceramic tiles, which are usually less than 15mm thick. These include a tile scorer, a tile saw, or a tile cutting machine.
When cutting porcelain tiles, which are delicate and usually more than 15mm thick, a diamond blade wet-saw tile cutter is the best tool to use.
In kitchens and bathrooms you will probably need to cut curved tiles to fit around a toilet or sink. To cut curved lines it’s best to use a tile nipper or a special hacksaw. We cover all these options in the following guide.
How do I cut a tile without a tile cutter?
How do I cut a curved tile?
How do I use a tile cutter?
How do I use a combined tile scorer and snapper?
How do I use a tile saw?
How do I cut porcelain tiles?
Porcelain or natural tiles are more delicate than ceramic tiles, which makes them difficult to cut with a normal tile cutter. You will need to use a diamond blade wet-saw tile cutter. These can cut tiles up to 25mm thick and have a fine blade to prevent chipping.