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Tile drilling tips | Your expert guide for tiles

Drilling tiles tips - You can make drilling tiles much easier with the necessary knowledge!

Difficulty: Easy | Costs: approx. 15 euros | Workload: approx. 10 minutes

We would like to show you which tips and tricks you can use to make drilling tiles and terrace slabs much easier.
If you stick to it, the job will get done faster, better, and cleaner.

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1. Tip 1 - How do I cleanly drill tiles without damaging them?

1.1 Tip one - mark the drill hole correctly

In our experience, the first mistake people make when drilling holes in tile is improperly marking or copying the hole. Mark your desired drill hole correctly. It is best to use a washable marker or a pencil for this. If you don't do this step correctly, the rest is for naught.

Tip 1 - mark the drill hole correctly on the tile - the tiler marks the appropriate drill hole in the correct position in order to securely attach the toilet roll holder to the tile

1.2 Tip Two - Do not drill near the tile joint

In order to avoid damage to the tile as much as possible, it is really advisable not to drill near the edge of the tile (joint). Our tip: You should keep a distance of at least 2 cm, otherwise there is an increased risk that the tile will break.

Tip 2 when drilling tiles - keep a distance of at least 2 cm - do-it-yourselfers when drilling tiles with a good distance

1.3 Tip Three - Use masking tape

You can use masking tape to mask off the desired drill hole in advance. The painter's masking tape ensures that the drill bit adheres better when you start or drill loose the tiles.

The chance of slipping is therefore significantly lower. Our tip: Even if the masking tape is slightly transparent, go the extra step and mark the drill hole again on the adhesive piece.

Drilling tiles Tip 3: Stick masking tape to the drill hole to prevent tearing out

1.4 Tip Four - Collect Dust

You can use your masking tape to make a small collection container, which you then stick directly under the drill hole. So you can save yourself the vacuuming and most of the drilling dust is caught if it falls down.

2. Drilling tiles without a tile drill?

Diamond drill bit for tiles when drilling hard tiles with a cordless screwdriver

Depending on the type of tile, these drills can be helpful:

It is not absolutely necessary to use a tile drill for drilling tiles. That doesn't mean that carbide or diamond tile drills aren't a much better choice, or even the only choice for drilling extremely hard tiles.

Drilling tiles without a tile drill - guide with all the information

2. Tricks to extend the life of the drill

2.1 Trick One - Use some water

Water helps with drilling. It doesn't matter whether it's metal, concrete or just the tiles. Water can provide additional cooling when drilling tiles. For this you can put some water on the drilling site or hold the drill in the water from time to time.

Our tip: Use cold tap water for maximum efficiency.

Expert tip when drilling tiles - use water for cooling. The picture shows a tile drill that is additionally cooled with water when drilling tiles.

2.2 Trick Two - Use cooling wax

Cooling wax can be purchased already built in, like a diamond drill bit for tiles, or purchased as a coolant to apply. Cooling wax is a gel-like mass that has a cooling function.

The most frequently asked questions about drilling tiles

Drilling tiles with a cordless screwdriver and a tile drill banner image

1. How do I recognize a tile drill that is designed for tile drilling?

First of all, you should look at the information on the packaging to see if it is designed for this.

Alternatively, a sharpened hard metal tip that has two or more cutting edges is characteristic of a tile drill. You can recognize a diamond drill for tiles by the diamond segment that is attached to the end of the drill.

2. How deep should I drill when drilling tiles?

The drilling depth depends on the thickness of the tile and the intended use of the hole. In general, the drilling depth should be sufficient to anchor the anchor or screw securely to the substrate without damaging the tile.

3. Can I drill tiles without cooling wax or water?

Yes, it is possible to drill tiles without cooling wax or water. However, these tools are recommended because they extend the life of the drill and achieve a cleaner drilling result.

4. How to avoid cracks in the tile when drilling?

To avoid cracking the tile, you should make sure you mark the drill hole correctly, do not drill too close to the tile joint and use masking tape to increase the adhesion of the drill.

5. Are all types of tiles equally difficult to drill?

No, the difficulty of drilling tiles depends on the hardness and density of the tile in question. Porcelain stoneware and natural stone tiles are the "most difficult" to drill.

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