Learning how to cut marble tile is a great skill to acquire that will not only help speed up your project, but will cut down on costly mistakes. Adding a marble tiled floor, wall, or other decorative accent to your home will enhance its beauty while increasing its value. However, you cannot use the same cutting tools for ceramic tile when using marble tiles.
You need to use a wet saw and since this is a specialized tool, more than likely the best way to obtain one is to rent it on a daily basis from a tool rental center or borrow one from a friend. Make sure to follow all directions operating the wet saw including wearing the appropriate protective eyewear and gloves.
Step 1 - Learn How to Use the Saw
Read all operating instructions accompanying the saw and make sure it works properly before proceeding. Always check the water sprayer making sure the stream hits the blade when the saw is running.
Step 2 - Take Measurements
Make all accurate measurements on your marble tiles using small strips of masking tape as your cut guide.
Step 3 - Make the Cut
Place your marble tile on the wet saw platform, making sure the water sprayer is working, and then slowly bring the blade down to cut the tile. Make sure to ensure safety by wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Always keep fingers away from a spinning wet saw blade.
Step 4 - Snip It
There will be tiny pieces evident along the edges of cut marble tiles. Remove these with your tile snippers by exerting enough pressure on the snippers to break off these small pieces from the marble tile. Be careful, taking your time to correctly remove these pieces.
Step 5 - Sand Edges
Cut marble tiles will have rough edges needing to be smoothed. Start sanding with an 80-grit paper using an up and down method until you achieve a smooth, beveled effect. Repeat this sanding in a second stage using the 120-grit paper to further smooth the edge and then finish it off using the 400-grit paper. You should obtain a smooth edge finish just like that on the non-cut marble tile.
Step 6 - Careful Cleanup
Make sure to dispose of all unusable tile and tile pieces immediately. Keep a bucket nearby for this task. Cut pieces may be extremely sharp presenting a danger when handling or lying around, so be careful. Always clean up your work area including wiping down the saw before proceeding to the next phase of your tiling project.
Caution: Remember to always wear eye protection and gloves to ensure safety when operating the wet saw. Be aware that tiny bits of marble may fly off and possibly get into clothes and even skin. Do not forget to read all accompanying instructions before operating the saw.