Drilling tiles the correct way

What you will need:

  • Masking tape
  • Drill
  • Drill bits (Ensure they are safe for use on ceramic and to size)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Goggles
  • Facemask


  1. Before you start drilling put your goggles and facemask on to prevent injury or inhalation of dust.
  2. Cover the area you plan on drilling through with a strip of masking tape.
  3. Mark your exact spot you will be drilling
  4. Apply a slight bit of pressure while drilling. Take it slow.
  5. Dependent on your drill, go slowly or use the lowest setting. Make sure you have switched off the hammer action.
  6. When you reach your end point on the tile you will feel a slight jolt, keep steady.
  7. Once you have felt this jolt, switch your drill to its hammer action and complete the job, keeping steady.
  8. Once the drilling is complete and you are satisfied, use your vacuum to suck up the dusty mess. For a more proactive approach get a helping hand and let them suck up the dust as you drill before it hits the floor.