How to Easily Remove a Glued Bathroom Mirror from the Wall

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How to Remove a Bathroom Mirror from the Wall

Installing a brand new mirror is an incredibly simple way to radically transform the look of any bathroom, and it's a relatively easy project to do yourself. But of course, to install new mirrors, you will first need to remove the old ones.

Fortunately, this is not as difficult as you might think, as most bathroom mirrors are not screwed or screwed directly to the walls, but are simply glued to their surfaces with industrial adhesive. With a little knowledge, patience, and effort, you can remove these old mirrors on your own.

Before you begin, as with all home improvement projects, remember that personal safety is paramount, especially when there is the possibility of accidentally breaking the mirror glass. Protect yourself by wearing a long-sleeved shirt and safety glasses, and keep a pair of thick, heavy gloves on hand to protect your hands and improve your grip.

Quick tip
While it is possible to do this yourself, removing a stuck mirror in the bathroom is really a two-person task, so enlist the help of a friend or associate to get the job done.

Once you have the security measures in place, it is time to collect supplies. You may not end up using all of these supplies, but it's good to have them on hand before you start saving yourself from an emergency trip to the hardware store in the middle of the project.

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

Start by applying several long strips of tape to the mirror in a criss-cross pattern. This will prevent it from breaking when it comes off the wall. Even if the glass breaks, the tape will hold it together, preventing it from potentially damaging the sink, floor, or fixtures, and keeping it safe.

Utilize Your Heat Tool

Next, start by pulling firmly on the mirror in one corner to determine the strength of the adhesive behind it, then take out your hot air gun or hairdryer. At the highest setting, start blowing hot air onto the mirror in small sections, starting at the corner while pulling gently.

Hopefully, this will soften the adhesive in a minute or two, possibly enough that you can peel off the mirror using just heat.

If, while pulling, you feel the adhesive start to sag but still not moving, use the hot air gun to heat the entire mirror, then grab the guitar/piano string. Slide the cable behind the mirror and begin moving it back and forth with a saw motion.

Quick tip
If you have a helper, ask him or her to continue pulling the top mirror as you do so, as gentle pressure will help the thread cut through the adhesive.

If that's still not enough to remove the mirror, it's time to use the heavy weapon: the crowbar.

As a Last Resort, Try a Crowbar

Levers can easily damage drywall so they need to be a last-ditch effort and also why you have to use them slowly and deliberately.

  1. First, place some wooden wedges between the wall and the mirror, helping with a hammer if necessary, placing them where they fit around the entire perimeter.
  2. Then gently slide the tip of the lever between the wall and one of the wedges, and while your assistant is holding the mirror firmly, begin to lift it until you feel a slight movement.
  3. Then move the lever to an adjacent shim and repeat.
  4. Once you've circled the entire mirror, you can start sniffing a little harder, pushing along the sides again until the mirror comes straight out of the wall.

Dispose of the Mirror

If the mirror is not reusable or recyclable, dispose of it by placing it in the center of the cloth, wrapping it tightly, and breaking it into small pieces with a hammer.

Place the fabric directly into a cardboard box or thick contractor bag (you may want to fold it) and gently shake the broken glass.

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

Tidy Your Bathroom

After removing the mirror, sweep and vacuum the bathroom and inspect the wall for damage. If there is any adhesive on the wall, reopen the hot air gun to soften it, then scrape it off with a drywall or putty knife.

Use medium-grit sandpaper to remove any traces that the putty knife cannot dislodge, then wipe the area with a damp cloth.

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