Cutting Ceramic Tiles: What you Need to Know

Ceramic tiles can be used throughout the house to add an extra element of design to any room. You can put ceramic tiles behind the stove to add a decorative accent to the kitchen. You can also place them in various locations in the bathroom and other spots throughout the house. In order to install the ceramic tile yourself, you need to learn essential skills. The most important skill is how to cut ceramic tile. Here are some essential tips.

Safety Precautions

The Basics of Cutting Ceramic Tile

When learning how to cut ceramic tile, you first need to understand that there are some safety considerations. First of all, must always wear goggles. When you cut ceramic tiles, dust forms and it may have sharp edges. If this dust lodges in your eyes, it can cause damage. Also, make sure you learn and use the proper technique when handling power tools to prevent injury.

Measuring Tile

Use your Measuring Skills

The next step to take when learning how to cut ceramic tile is to measure the area where you will put the tile. Calculate exactly how many tiles you will need and figure out how many tiles need to be cut. Remember that you will need to consider the space needed for the grout when making your calculations.

Get Ready to Start Cutting

Once you measure, you are ready to start cutting the ceramic tile. You can either use a tile cutter or tile jig. If you decide to use a tile cutter, measure the area to be cut. Use the tile cutter to make an indentation in the tile. Take a straight edge and hold it next to the cut. Move the tile cutter up and down the straight edge to make the indentation deeper. Once it is deep enough, slowly work the tile back and forth in your hands or with a pair of pliers to eventually break the pieces in half.  If you decide to use the tile jig, remember to use proper safety procedure and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Jig Tool

Learning how to cut ceramic tile is a valuable skill. Ceramic tiles are a great way to add accents to any room. Remember to use proper safety techniques. Before you begin cutting, make sure you measure and learn the proper use for your tools.

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