Marble tile is exquisite in beauty and style. It adds tremendous value to any home. Adding marble tiles to your bathroom or kitchen is a rewarding do-it-yourself project. Installing your own marble tile is not complicated. To obtain a professional finish, you must learn how properly cut the tiles.
Preparing Your Tools
Use a wet saw with a diamond-tipped blade to cut the marble tile. As they are quite expensive, it may be best to rent a unit from a local retailer. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. Before you begin cutting the tile, make sure you have plenty of masking tape and sandpaper with grits of 80, 120 and 400.
Cutting the Tile
Mark your cut lines clearly and distinctly. Use the straight edge of the masking tape as a guide for the cuts. The masking tape will also reduce chipping and cracking.
Once you begin cutting, cut through the tile rather quickly. While you may feel that you have more control over slower motion, it can cause the tile to chip and crack. Cut in fast motions to avoid wasting expensive marble tile.