How to remove a bathroom mirror

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Installing a brand new mirror is a fantastic, simple way to radically transform the look of any bathroom, and it’s a project that’s relatively easy to DIY. But of course, to install new mirrors, you’ll need to remove the old mirrors first.

Fortunately, this isn’t as difficult as you may think, since most bathroom mirrors aren’t screwed or bolted directly into the walls, but simply glued to their surfaces using industrial-strength adhesive. With a little know-how, patience, and effort, you’ll be able to remove those old mirrors on your own.

Before you begin, as with all home improvement projects, remember that personal safety is paramount—especially when there’s a chance of accidentally breaking mirror glass. Keep yourself protected by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and safety goggles, and keep a pair of thick, heavy gloves nearby to protect your hands and improve your grip.

Though possible to truly do this yourself, removing a glued-on bathroom mirror really is a two-person job, so get the help of a friend or partner to get the job done.

Once you’ve got your safety measures in place, it’s time to gather supplies. You may not end up using all of these materials, but it’s good to have them on hand before you begin to save yourself from an emergency trip to the hardware store mid-project.

How to remove a bathroom mirror

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Materials:

  • A heat gun or hairdryer
  • Thick, sturdy tape (masking, duct, or packing tapes all work well)
  • A heat gun or hairdryer
  • A hammer
  • Wood shims
  • Crowbar
  • Piano or guitar wire
  • Drop cloth

Instructions:

Tape the Mirror

Begin by applying several long strips of tape to the mirror in a criss-cross pattern. This will discourage it from shattering as it’s pried from the wall. Even if the glass ends up shattering, the tape will hold it together, keeping it from potentially damaging your sink, floor, or fixtures, as well as keeping you safe.

Utilize Your Heat Tool

Next, begin firmly pulling at the mirror from one corner to determine the strength of the adhesive behind it, and then pull out your heat gun or hairdryer. Using the highest setting, start blowing hot air across the mirror in small sections, starting at the corner while tugging gently. Hopefully, this will soften the adhesive in a minute or two—possibly enough for you to be able to pull off the mirror using heat alone.

If, while tugging, you feel the adhesive starting to give but it still won’t budge, use the heat gun to warm the entire mirror, then grab your guitar/piano wire. Slide the wire behind the mirror and begin moving it back and forth in a sawing motion.

If you have a helper, have them continue tugging the mirror from the top as you do this, as the gentle pressure will help the wire cut through the adhesive.

If this is still not enough to remove the mirror, it’s time to break out the big guns: the crowbar.

As a Last Resort, Try a Crowbar

Crowbars can easily damage drywall, which is why they should be a last-ditch effort, and also why you should use them slowly and deliberately.

  1. First, wedge a few wooden shims between the wall and the mirror, using a hammer to help if needed, placing them wherever they fit around the entire perimeter.
  2. Next, gently slide the tip of the crowbar between the wall and one of the shims, and while your assistant holds the mirror steady, begin prying until you can feel some slight movement.
  3. Then, move the crowbar to an adjacent shim and repeat.
  4. Once you’ve gone around the entire mirror, you can begin prying with a bit more force, again working your way around the sides until the mirror pops straight off the wall.

How to remove a bathroom mirror

Dispose of the Mirror

If the mirror isn’t reusable or recyclable, dispose of it by placing it into the center of a drop cloth, wrapping it well, and smashing it into small fragments with a hammer. Place the cloth directly into a cardboard box or thick contractor bag—you may want to double up—and gently shake out the broken glass.

Remember to wear your safety equipment, especially eye protection, when disposing of your mirror.

Tidy Your Bathroom

Once the mirror has been removed, sweep and vacuum the bathroom, then inspect the wall for damage. If there’s any adhesive left on the wall, break out your heat gun again to soften it, then scrape it off with a drywall or putty knife. Use medium-grain sandpaper to remove any traces the putty knife is unable to dislodge, then clean the area with a wet cloth.

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• Working time: 30 mins to one hour

• Total time: 1 to 1½ hours

• Skill level: Easy

• Project cost: $25 to $50, depending on the tools on hand

Many bathrooms feature large mirrors that are glued directly to the wall without a frame or nails. This method is a fast and effective way to mount a mirror. However, if you are ready to upgrade the look of your room with a nicer hanging mirror, the steps to remove a mirror glue to a wall can be tricky without the proper tools and know-how. It does take some patience and is doable for a new DIYer. Follow the steps below to learn how to remove a mirror from a wall.

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When To Remove Mirror Glued to Wall

There are two reasons to remove a mirror glued to a wall: to update or to fix a damaged mirror. Frameless mirrors glued to a wall can look dated and less refined. Swapping your dated mirror is an inexpensive way to update your bathroom instantly. If you are ready for a new look, gather your tools and remove that old, glued-on mirror.

Safety Considerations

Since you will be working with a large piece of glass, safety concerns must be taken into account before you start. It is not recommended to break the glass for removal, but you need to be prepared for breakage. Dress in long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes, and wear heavy work gloves and eye protection at all times while you work. Enlisting the help of a partner is a good idea if you are removing a large mirror.

Tools

• Heavy canvas drop cloth
• Heat gun or blow-dryer
• Drywall/putty knife
• Safety glasses
• Heavy work gloves (preferably leather)
• Wire saw

Materials

• Duct tape or packing tape

Instructions

1. Protect Yourself and the Area

Before you start the demolition, make sure all obstacles are removed. If your mirror is over a vanity, remove all the clutter from the countertop. Put on your safety gear then cover the floor or countertop with a heavy canvas drop cloth.

2. Tape the Mirror

Cover the mirror with strips of tape, crossing in several directions. You can cover the entire mirror or place strips of tape every few inches. The tape prevents the shards of the mirror from flying everywhere if it shatters.

3. Heat the Glue

This method works best for smaller mirrors (2×2 ft or smaller). Apply heat to the corners and the edges of the mirror with a heat gun or blow-dryer, then work your way toward the center. Hold it 6 to 12 inches away from the surface of the mirror. Leave it pointed at the mirror for at least 15 minutes to melt the adhesive in the back of the mirror.

4. Pry a Corner

Slide a putty knife or drywall knife’s blade in between the mirror and the drywall at the bottom corner. Place one hand underneath the mirror. Once the blade is in place between the wall and the mirror, pull the handle lightly towards you to pry the mirror off the wall. As the mirror comes off, use your other hand to hold and guide it away from the wall. Do not be alarmed if some drywall comes off with the mirror.

5. Inspect and Repair

Once the mirror is removed, inspect the wall for any lingering adhesive. If there is some, use the heat gun to soften it, then scrape it off with the putty knife. Repair and paint the drywall as needed.

6. Slide the Wire

Get the wire saw and hold it by the handles. Starting at one upper hand corner of the mirror, place the wire against the wall and slide it between the mirror and the drywall. You may need to slide the wire back and forth slightly to get it started and through the corner.

7. Continue Sawing

Make sure the wire fits snugly between the wall and the mirror. Move your handles back and forth rapidly as you pull the wire down. As you saw, the friction cut through the adhesive, allowing you to pull the wire down as you go. Saw about ¾ of the way down and stop. This helps to keep the mirror from falling or breaking.

8. Remove the Mirror

With the help of a partner, pry the mirror from the wall. Go slowly to minimize the damage to the drywall. You may need to use the wire saw or heat gun to melt the remaining adhesive if it is resistant. Once you remove the mirror, remove any glue left on the wall by softening it first with a heat gun, then scraping it off with a putty knife. Repair and paint the drywall as needed.

How to Remove Large Mirrors

To remove a large mirror that’s glued onto a wall, you will need help from a partner. Follow the steps 1 and 2 described above for preparing and taping the mirror, then follow steps 6 to 8.

When to Call a Pro

Although removing a glued-on mirror is a straightforward project, there may be an occasion to seek the help of a professional. If your mirror is particularly large or in a difficult area to access, a general contractor can help you remove it safely. Additionally, if the adhesive is extremely firm and you cannot cut through it or melt it, a pro has the proper tools and experience to get it done safely and fast.

Removing a glass mirror from your bathroom wall may seem like a simple task; however, it can be quite challenging and dangerous if mishandled properly.

Keep reading to learn how to remove glass mirrors from your bathroom wall with this step-by-step guide and learn when you should call in a professional to complete the process.

How to Remove a Glass Mirror from Your Bathroom Wall

How to remove a bathroom mirror

Accidentally dropping and shattering a mirror—especially one that covers the length of an entire wall—while removing it from the wall can lead to severe cuts and other injuries from broken glass.

Take safety precautions and wear protective gloves and eyewear when prying a mirror from its original place.

Because glass mirror removal often requires more than one person, call in a professional if you’re unsure whether you can handle the mirror removal process on your own.

  1. Cover the mirror with heavy-duty packing tape so the glass won’t crack or shatter. It’s also a good idea to cover your sinks and other appliances with a blanket to protect them from any dust or debris.
  2. Gently insert wooden shims in the gaps between the mirror and the wall.
  3. Using a pry bar, begin gently pulling the glass away from the wall. Continue to use steady pressure and work along the sides of the mirror.
  4. When you get near the bottom of the mirror, support it from the top to prevent the whole mirror from popping off at once.
  5. Once it’s loose enough, carefully carry it out of the bathroom and keep it in a safe place.

How to remove a bathroom mirror

What to Expect with Glass Doctor

At Glass Doctor ® , we have over 40 years of experience repairing and replacing all types of mirrors, including bathroom mirrors.

Here’s what you can expect when you call one of our professionals to remove and replace your glass mirror.

  1. A glass specialist will arrive in your home: Our uniformed professionals will arrive on time and put protective footgear on before entering your house. We will evaluate the space and plan out the removal process.
  2. The removal process occurs: Using specific tools and techniques, our experts will safely remove your glass mirror.
  3. We offer custom mirror suggestions: After removing your existing mirror, a Glass Doctor professional will recommend custom glass mirror solutions and install the mirror of your choice.
  4. The new glass mirror is installed: Once we install the mirror, our experts will clean up the space and respect your property.

Custom Mirror Solutions at Glass Doctor

The addition of a custom bathroom mirror will make a space brighter and more aesthetically pleasing. Check out some of the custom mirrors offered by Glass Doctor:

  • Mirrored backsplash
  • Statement mirrors
  • Hanging mirrors
  • Framed mirrors
  • Mounted mirrors

Call Glass Doctor Today for Glass Mirror Removal and Installation

When you need to remove a glass mirror from your bathroom wall and install a new one, call the certified professionals at Glass Doctor.

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If you’re looking to renovate a bathroom – an updated mirror can make a big difference. But how do you remove a bathroom mirror from a wall before swapping in a new one? It’s likely easier than you think!

Find out how to safely remove a mirror from a wall if you have clips or brackets holding it in place. The whole process can take a few minutes and requires only a handful of tools you likely already have in your home.

Don’t see any clips holding your mirror? In that case, your mirror is likely glued onto the wall. This is going to require a different technique that we won’t go over in this article. (But this video from Next Level Carpentry might help you out.)

If you’d also like to watch this project, check out this 2-minute video below.👇

Tools:

  • Duct tape or carpet protector
  • Gloves
  • Goggles/Glasses

DISCLAIMER: This blog contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.

How to remove a bathroom wall mirror in 2 steps -DIY

Step 1: Cover the Mirror with Carpet Protector or Duct Tape

How to remove a bathroom mirrorCovering the mirror with carpet protection film

Before you start removing anything, be sure to protect yourself by covering the mirror. I used two runs of carpet protector that I had laying around from other DIY projects. But if you don’t have this, you can also make a criss-cross pattern with duct tape to get good coverage on the mirror. The whole point of this step is to avoid shards of glass falling all over if a part of the mirror breaks off.

Pro tip: Mirrors are often a lot heavier than they appear! So keep that in mind as you proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Use the Putty Knife to Remove the Clips/Brackets

How to remove a bathroom mirrorPlacing the putty knife under the top clip/bracket

With gloves on, put the putty knife under the bracket and gently tap the clip with your hammer until the clip is above the mirror. You shouldn’t need too much force. Repeat with the other top clip(s). Then, use the putty knife for a little leverage to pop the mirror out.

The brackets on the bottom stay in place. You’ll then slide the mirror to the left or right and remove it from the wall. That’s it!

(Go to minute @01:40 in the above video to see a closer look at the clips, so you can see the part that’s actually screwed to the wall and the sliding part that secures the mirror.)

Final Notes on Removing the Mirror + Clean Up

Hopefully, your mirror comes off easily with minimal force, but each project is going to be a little different. If you have a hard time removing the mirror, you might also have some double-sided tape or something holding it in place. I recommend using your putty knife and applying pressure across the mirror to get it off the wall. Go slowly and be patient.

Finally, if any shards of the mirror do fall off, be sure to clean them up with a vacuum or other tool. Here are other easy hacks for cleaning up broken glass. Keep in mind that glass travels far, so look around more than you probably think!

The Wrap Up

Whether you’re doing a bathroom makeover or simply swapping in a new mirror – removing a bathroom wall mirror is a fairly easy DIY project. The most important thing is to go slow and steady. If you’re dealing with a heavy mirror, it’s not a bad idea to ask a friend to help spot you. And be sure to protect yourself with proper footwear, goggles/glasses, and gloves.

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