An easy tip to drill into tiles

I have just recently tiled my bathroom and needed to add a bathroom cabinet, mirror, toilet roll holder, towel rail etc. With gorgeous new tiles on the wall, the last thing I wanted to do is drill a hole and crack the surrounding tiles. I was very apprehensive about drilling into my new ceramic tiles until I found a tip that helped me.

What you will need to drill into tiles

  • A drill
  • A pencil
  • Masking tape or surgical tape (available to purchase at your local chemist)
  • Tile bit or masonry bit (to attach to drill)
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)

If you have all of the above, you’re ready to go!

How to drill effortlessly into tiles?

Follow these easy steps to drill into tiles and achieve a professional and clean finish.

  • Mark out where the holes that need to be drilled i.e. for a towel rail
  • Over the marked tile, place a piece of masking tape or surgical tape (I find these both work really well because they are not slippery when trying to drill)
  • Then mark an X on the spot to be drilled into with a pencil
  • Attach tile drill bit to drill (you can also use masonry bit to drill into ceramic tiles on a low setting)
  • Slowly drill in the middle of the X  mark
  • If possible, it would be less messy if someone could hold the vacuum cleaner under the drill when drilling to avoid dust and mess.

Attach towel rail and you’re done with no cracked tiles and perfect smooth finish.

1 Response

  1. Tony Vale October 9, 2009 / 12:29 pm

    The quickest and easiest way to drill tiles is to mark the required position with a pencil or marker pen and ‘pop’ the glaze with the pointed end of a screw by means of a light hammer blow. This gives you the rough surface the drill will always. A slightly oversised masonary drill will lesson the chances of the tile splitting once the plug and screw is delivered and remember not to use the hammer option on your power drill or you’ll have some explaing to do.

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