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Smoothing Out Rough Tiles

Finish off your tile cuts with a simple trick that evens out jagged edges

Smoothing Out Rough Tiles
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Manual score-and-snap tile cutters make quick work of trimming glazed ceramic tile, but the fresh-cut edge they leave is typically rough and uneven. That isn't a problem if the tile edge will be hidden by baseboard molding or wall tile. But you will want to smooth the rough edge if it goes up against a tub or some other place where it will be exposed.

Hold the tile on edge against a concrete block and rub it back and forth three or four times. Check the smoothness of the edge and repeat, if necessary. Don't have a concrete block? Try rubbing the tile against a concrete surface.

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Smoothing Out Rough Tiles

 

Smoothing Out Rough Tiles

Smoothing Out Rough Tiles
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Smoothing Out Rough Tiles

 
 

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