How to Cut Backsplash Tiles? – Useful Tips for Easy & Accurate Cuts

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How to Cut Backsplash Tiles?

When it comes to kitchen design, backsplashes are one of the most important elements. However, installing a backsplash is not just about arranging tiles. If you are planning a DIY project, it eventually comes time to think about how to cut your tiles. Even if you are doing a simple tiling job, there will probably be some tiles that need to be cut. That’s why you need to figure out how to cut backsplash tiles!

Useful Tips of How to Cut Backsplash Tiles – Easy and Accurate Cuts

The cutting process allows you to fit pieces in the corner, along with electrical switches, or for other purposes. And if you want to install a flawless backsplash, you have to measure and cut the tiles so that they fit properly. Yes, most of the tools have the same cutting process: measure and mark the tile, snap or cut it, then smooth the tile edges. However, different materials and spaces may require different tools or methods for cutting. To figure out how to cut your backsplash tiles and find which cutting tool and method is the best for your project, we are bringing you a guide that will show you some design tips and tricks about the cutting process!

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Can backsplash tile be cut?

The short answer is that “yes”, you can easily cut your backsplash tiles. The cutting is one of the essential steps during the installation of backsplash tiles. Even if you are doing a very easy tiling job, then you will need to cut tiles somewhere. In this case, you have to find a suitable tool for the given tile material and the size of your project. Also, by applying the sequence of steps when cutting the tiles, you will easily accomplish your job.

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What are the best cutting tools for different materials?

When it is time for tile cutting, different materials require different tools and cuts! Deciding on which method and tool are the best for your tiles is one of the most important parts of the process. When it comes to the question of how to cut backsplash tiles, there are three main factors that you need to consider;

  • What type of material you will use?
  • What type of cut is needed for your tiles?
  • How many tiles you will cut?

Here are some tips about different materials that will show you the best cutting tools for your material.

Glass Tiles:

Glass tiles are very popular materials for kitchen backsplashes thanks to their glamorous appeal and durable surfaces. However, they are very fragile and can be easily damaged during installation. That’s why it is important to use the right cutting tools. Depending on the size of your project, you can use;

  • Glass Cutter
  • Wet Saw
  • Angled Grinder

If you are working on a small area and you need to cut a few backsplash tiles, you can use a glass cutter. But, if you are looking for something a more professional tool, a wet saw or angled grinder will be a better option.

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Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles:

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common materials for kitchen backsplashes which provide an endless variety of colors, sizes, and styles. According to the aspects of your project, you can use;

  • Snap Cutter or Manual Tile Cutter
  • Tile Nipper
  • Angled Grinder
  • Wet Saw

These tiles are not as fragile as glass tiles. That’s why a simple snap cutter or a manual tile cutter can easily do the job. But if you are working with multiple tile pieces or using different-shaped tiles, an angled grinder or a wet saw will be a better tool.

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Natural Stone Tiles:

Cutting the natural stone tiles is harder than ceramic or porcelain tiles. Best cutting tools that you can use;

  • Snap Cutter
  • Tile Cutter
  • Wet Saw

The most appropriate tool for cutting the natural stone tiles is a wet saw with a diamond blade. To prevent cracking and overheating, water is essential for this process. Also, a diamond blade can easily and cleanly cut the natural stone tiles such as marble, granite, travertine, or limestone. However, using a wet saw requires more profession and it is much more expensive than other options, so if you don’t feel comfortable using this tool, you can also use a snap cutter or a manual tile cutter. But you need to be careful not to damage the tiles.

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How to Use Tools to Cut Backsplash Tiles?

After you have decided on which material you want, it is time to plan your tiling project and select between the several options that you have depending on the size of your project and your budget. You have to know the function of each device so that you can select an appropriate one to cut the backsplash tiles!

Tile Nipper

Tile nipper is the most simple tool that you can use for cutting backsplash tiles. This simple tool can help you to cut tiles in small snips. If you have some irregular cuts, such as curved edges, or circular sections, it will be very useful. Also, a tile nipper is a really good tool for cutting small tiles. However, if you want to cut larger pieces or straight lines, it can be hard to use. This tool generally is used for ceramic tiles. You can also use it to cut porcelain or even natural stone tiles but you need to be careful otherwise it can cause some cracks on the tiles. Tile nipper is a very affordable tool that can cost $10-$25.

How to use a tile nipper to cut backsplash tiles?

  • Measure the tile and figure out where to cut and mark it.
  • If the mark is far from the edge, make the straight cuts into the tile until meets your mark. You can consider using a snap cutter or a wet tile saw to do these straight cuts. Then you can start to shape your tiles with a tile nipper.
  • To avoid breaking risks, take your time and take small nips.

Once you are done with the cutting, rub the edges to create a smooth surface.

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Snap Cutter

Snap cutter, also known as a rail tile cutter, is one of the most affordable methods for tile cutting and it is very sufficient for your DIY projects. It is a perfect tool for projects where electricity and water are not required. A snap cutter works best for small projects where you don’t have to cut too many backsplash tiles. You can also cut diagonal or different angles with it. However, it is not as good as a wet saw to make straight lines. Also, if you have a ceramic tile that has more than 3/8 inches thickness or has a natural stone tile, you may consider using a wet saw. You can find a snap cutter at local home improvement stores, tile outlets, or online websites. According to the type and model, it can cost as little as $20 and as much as $200.

How to use a snap cutter to cut backsplash tiles?

  • Measure the tile and figure out where to cut and mark it with a wax pencil.
  • Place the tile on a flat surface, under the wheel. The glazed side of the tile should stay on top.
  • Start at the edge of the tile, and press it against the end stop on the cutter. You may make a second pass but do not do multiple passes which can cause some cracks on the tile.
  • Once score the line, make the snap cut by lifting the handle and pressing down the center of the tile. If you have properly scored your tile, it will easily snap.
  • Smooth the rough and sharp edges with a rubbing brick.

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How to Cut Porcelain Backsplash Tiles?

Due to their long and slim shapes, these porcelain tiles are very easy to cut! In this contemporary kitchen, this beige porcelain tile backsplash creates a nice textural look between the white and wood cabinets. While the white cabinets, countertops, and kitchen island provide a bright and spacious atmosphere, the wood upper cabinets and beige backsplash tiles bring warmth to the room.

Glass Cutter

Glass cutter is a tool similar to a tile snipper, in that it is used for easy and small tasks. It works well with glass or ceramic tiles but if you need to cut curved or cornered edges, then it is not the right tool for that. The local home improvement store or an online website can let you buy the glass cutter easily. It can cost around $10.

How to use a glass cutter to cut backsplash tiles?

  •          Measure and mark the line where you want to cut it.
  •           Use a square ruler as a guide, and place it on the tile slightly away from the mark.
  •           Start at the edge of the tile, press the cutter across the line and score the mark.
  •          Press down both sides of the tile to snap it through the scoreline.
  •          Smooth the rough edges with a rubbing stone.
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Angled Grinder 

Angle Grinder is a helpful tool to make cutting for different shaped, sized, and styled backsplash tiles. It is much more comprehensive than a tile nipper or a snap cutter. You can make straight, curved, or square cuts with an angle grinder. These cuts may not be as clean as cuts that you make with a wet saw. But it is still a useful tool. You can use this tool for different materials like ceramic, glass, porcelain, or natural stone. A diamond blade will be the best option if you are cutting ceramic tiles.

On the other hand, serrated blades are ideal for natural stone tiles. There are different types of angled grinders such as electric, gas-powered or cordless. Due to your requirements and aspects, you can find these options from the home improvement stores. The cost of an angled grinder is about $30.

How to use an angled grinder to cut backsplash tiles?

  • Measure and mark the line where you want to cut it. This can be circular in shape, square or semi-circular.
  • Place the tile on a flat surface. Use a masking tape around the mark. This way you can avoid cracks or chips. Then secure the tile.
  • Start cutting by following the mark on the tile. You can make multiple passes and get deeper each time.
  • Smooth the rough edges with a rubbing stone, if it is needed.

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How do you cut backsplash tiles on the wall?

In case you need to cut backsplash tiles on the wall rotary tools or angle grinders are the best choice. First of all, measure and mark the tile where you want to make the cut. Apply masking tape along the mark to avoid chipping. Use the spray bottle to wet the tile while you are cutting. Move the angle grinder slowly across the line. You can make passes as many times as necessary until the tile is cut through. Lay a small pry bar under the tile and carefully pry it.

Wet Saw 

There are different ways to cut backsplash tiles but If you are looking for the most ideal tool for tile cutting, it is a wet saw. It is a very helpful tool, especially for larger projects, and using a wet saw is a great way to create clean edges without damaging the tile. When it is working, the saw releases water as the diamond blade cuts through the tile. Water both prevents damaging the tile and overheating. Also, the diamond blade doesn’t have teeth which makes it an ideal tool for delicate cuts.  But a wet saw is a professional tool, which means, you need to be experienced with it. Also, it costs much more than other tools. You can find a budget-friendly wet saw for around $70 but this price can go up even $1200. Also, due to their high price tags, if you will use them for one time, you can consider renting from local home improvement stores.

How to use a wet saw to cut backsplash tiles?

When working with a wet saw, safety is an important issue. That’s why you need to wear safety glasses.

  • Measure and mark your tile with a washable marker.
  • Turn on the wet saw and run it for around 15 seconds to get up to speed.
  • Use tape for the outer edges to prevent chipping.
  • Place the tile into the water, glazed side up, and push slowly by holding the tile on both sides until it completely clears the blade.
  • Turn off the wet saw before removing the tile and wipe the tile with a damp cloth.
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