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How to remove a bathroom mirror

When decorating or remodeling a bathroom it is basically a given you will be heading into the stores focused on the difficult task of selecting a bathroom mirror. In traditional bathrooms the mirror was simply a place to prepare yourself for the upcoming day, but now it has become the opportunity to add function and style to your bathroom. Before grabbing your checkbook here are a few things to consider and get the most out of your mirror.

Consider Your Options

  • Framed Mirror: A framed mirror is a bathroom mirror which comes with a frame already attached. These are typical as most homeowners would rather spend less time shopping for both pieces separately. These are also preferred for the ease of hanging.
  • Frameless Mirror: A frameless mirror comes without a frame, and only the mirrored glass. Using a frameless mirror in a modern space has become popular due to its “floating” effect. These are also easy to install or hang but are usually glued to eliminate bulky hardware which is visible.
  • Custom Mirror: A custom mirror is created when the mirrored glass and frame are picked separately for a custom look. The options for this are endless, but time is a factor and attention to measurements and detail is key. Installation and hanging is a bit extensive as it now becomes a two-step process.

Determine the Size

The size of your bathroom mirror will typically be dictated by the size (length) of your vanity countertop. A good rule followed by designers is at least 2 inches small in length than the vanity, and in most bathrooms could be more like 4 inches. This provides 1 to 2 inches on each side of the bathroom mirror and eliminates “the box” look that automatically cheapens the design of your entire space.

After determining the measurement that specifies how long your mirror is you must consider the height. A bathroom mirror should be no taller than your vanity and placed at least 4 to 6 inches from the ceiling. If lighting is located directly above the mirror space then this must also be factored into the height of your mirror.

Test the Shape and Style

Bathroom mirrors come in literally hundreds of shapes, sizes, and colors. Determining the best style for your bathroom can be tedious and frustrating as you view these hundreds of ideas and have no possibility of actually viewing your space completed to get the best result. Before getting too stressed there are options to test your design pre-sight without making too many mistakes on style before hitting the ideal look.

Create a template out of paper or poster board in the shape that you feel would look best in your bathroom. Now, attach the template to the wall using tape. This is the lower quality version of what your bathroom will look like with this shape. If you love it, then get this style and you will be thrilled to see it in higher quality. If you hate it, you just saved yourself time and money, keep trying until you find the perfect fit.

Taking the time to really think about and research the shapes and styles of mirrors can reduce the stress of selecting a bathroom mirror. Get creative in testing shapes, sizes, colors, and styles to make sure your minds eye is given a reality check and what you think will look great really will look amazing.

Think About Function

Mirrors are no longer just for reflections anymore, they are also very functional. Taking a look through the mirror gallery of your home décor store will quickly reinforce this as there are so many great features in bathroom mirrors.

Storage: Vanity cabinets with mirrored fronts can be found in both traditional and modern styles. A mounted box vanity cabinet is typically traditional in style, but modern designs are often created with sunken cabinets that are completely invisible when closed. Both are wonderful options if needing to add a little more storage space for grooming products.

Lighting: Mirrors with built-in lighting are great for cosmetic reasons. The lights provide that extra glow to see what you will really look like when out and about in town. These must be hardwired into the bathroom and may require a licensed electrician to install.

Research Mounting Styles

Permanent Installation (Essentially Forever): If you are hanging your mirror in the bathroom and do not plan on changing it for years, and by years I mean decades, then glue is certainly the best option. This can be done with liquid nails or other glues which are created to hold a heavy weight firmly in place for an extended period of time.

Semi-Permanent Installation (A good long while): If you are hanging your mirror in the bathroom and would like to lessen the amount of work when you do your next update, say five to ten years, the best option would be a less permanent glue which be loosened with certain chemicals. These glues are created to react to the glue remover and loosen when triggering this reaction. Check reviews to ensure the quality is great and the risk of a broken bathroom mirror before intentionally removing it is a risk.

Temporary Installation (Just for now): Wire or Mirror Brackets are simply screwed in and attached to the wall therefore never actually being bonded in any way. This can be the least expensive, and easiest to install, as well as remove. This is ideal for those leasing a home, apartment, or condo.

Tip: If installing your mirror with glue it is crucial that the strength of your chosen glue is checked and researched. Before applying your mirror to the wall you must know the mirrors weight (located on the box), and match this to the strength (amount of weight) the glue can support (located on the bottle). If in doubt, go up one step to a higher strength to ensure that your mirror survives for years to come.

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.

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  • 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


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.

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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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It is not difficult to remove bathroom mirrors held in place with clips. Mirror clips can be made of plastic or metal, and they are fastened with screws that extend through the drywall into the framing. To remove a mirror with clips you can either remove the screws and the clips from the mirror and wall, or you can loosen the screws and rotate the clips so they no longer contact the mirror. If you choose to leave the clips attached to the wall, tighten the screws once you reposition the clips out of the way. Use extreme caution when handling large sections of mirrored glass. The mirrored glass can easily break, or it may have sharp edges that can cut unprotected hands.

Start With Painter’s Tape

Apply 3-inch-wide painter’s masking tape to the mirror diagonally, horizontally and vertically, says If the mirror cracks or breaks while you are handling it, the tape will minimize the risk of injury.

Remove the Screws

Unscrew the side clips first, using a screwdriver. Usually mirrors are installed using Phillips-head screws. Unscrew and completely remove the clips on each side of the mirror, or loosen the screws and reposition the clips out of the way, then tighten the screws. Improperly installed clips may be screwed into the drywall only and not into a wall stud or wall anchor. If that is the case, the screw will turn freely but will not come out of the wall as you turn it. Grab the clip with your fingers and simply pull it and the screw out of the wall to remove it.

Loosen the Bottom Clips

Loosen, but do not remove, bottom clips from the mirror, because removing these clips may cause the mirror to shift downward and break against the countertop or splash. Properly hung mirrors will rest in a metal or plastic channel that sits on the countertop, or they may rest on the top edge of the counter’s splash.

Remove the Final Screws and Clips

Press the mirror firmly against the wall with one hand as you remove the final top screws and clips. It is helpful to have an assistant when removing a mirror. Holding the mirror in place with pressure prevents it from falling away from the wall unexpectedly until you are ready to move it.

Lift the Mirror Up and Away

Grasp both side edges of the mirror, and gently lift it up away from the countertop. If the mirror is seated in a channel, lift the mirror just high enough to clear the lip of the channel all the way across the bottom edge of the mirror.

Carry the Mirror Vertically

Carry the mirror carefully in a vertical position. Carried horizontally, mirrors can crack from the stress of their own weight. Hold the mirror by its side edges only. If the mirror is extremely large and heavy, you can rent suction-cup handles that lock onto the face of the mirror and have convenient handles for carrying the glass safely.

Things You Will Need

3-inch-wide painter’s masking tape

Sometimes mirror installers will glue the mirror to the wall behind it with strong mastic. If the mirror does not come away from the wall easily, it is difficult to remove it without creating damage to the drywall behind the mirror or to the mirror.


Mirrors are thin glass panels that have a painted reflective coating on the back. Mirrors are extremely fragile, and they easily break if they are not carried properly.

Wear thick work gloves when working with mirrors to protect your hands.

We’ve shown you how to frame a basic builder grade mirror (and here’s another method), and it is one of the easiest jobs to DIY in a bathroom makeover. But our guest today not only framed her mirror, she moved it to behind the tub to make this gorgeous space!

How to remove a bathroom mirror

When it comes to updating a bathroom mirror, you have lots of options, to fit any style, any budget. Framing the existing mirror costs very little (and doesn’t take a lot of DIY skills or tools!)

How to remove a bathroom mirror

How to remove a bathroom mirror

or you can spend a little bit more and replace the builder grade mirror with a new framed and beautiful mirror like these:

How to remove a bathroom mirror

How to remove a bathroom mirror

How to remove a bathroom mirror

or you can add both style and functionality and put in a recessed mirrored medicine cabinet (or three!)

How to remove a bathroom mirror

If you’re going to be replacing your builder grade mirror, consider doing what Amanda did and using it somewhere else in your bathroom or home. Large mirrors aren’t cheap, and a big mirror can add so much light and depth to any room. Here’s Amanda to tell you all about her tricks for removing a builder grade mirror:

How to remove a bathroom mirror

How to Remove a Builder Grade Vanity Mirror
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The process of removing the mirror clips is simple and self-explanatory. The only thing you need to do is remove the screw that holds the clip in place.

Once the screw has been removed, pull out the clip from the wall or mirror. It might take a little tugging, but eventually it should come loose. If you have trouble with any part of this process, please visit your local hardware store for additional help or contact a handyman service in your area for assistance.

Be very careful here as these clips keep the mirror in place. Without them the mirror could be loose and fall. Always work with a partner and use a professional service when possible.

Here is a quick list of things you will need to remove the clips:

Screwdriver (Phillips-head)
Flathead screwdriver (to pry up the new clips after they have been installed)
Old clips (if you are removing them with a screwdriver) Hammer or rubber mallet Level Tape measure Level (optional, but recommended) Stud finder Level (optional, but recommended) Paint brush or roller Paint and paint supplies for touch-ups Zip ties Utility knife to help remove old caulk

How Do You Remove A Bathroom Mirror With Clips?

If you remove a plastic mirror clip, you need to use a flat tip screwdriver and drill to pop off the plastic cover on the clip. Remove the screw and then you will be able to the mirror.

If you have a bathroom mirror that has metal clips, all you have to do is lift the mirror out of the clips and remove it.

How Do You Remove Mirror Screws?

How Do You Use Mirror Clips?

When you are hanging a heavier mirror on the wall, you use mirror clips that have wall anchors in them so that you do not have your mirror fall down because it is too heavy.

What Are Mirror Screws?

Mirror screws are zinc plated screws that are resistant to rusting and getting wearing down that you put in the wall to affix a mirror to.

How Do You Screw Into A Mirror?

When you need to drill into a mirror, use a carbide tip specially made for glass or tile and use the drill at a very low speed.

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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

How to remove a bathroom mirror

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.

Schedule an appointment with one of our experts today at 855-603-1919.

A mirror is surely an inseparable part of every bathroom. This is a must-have accessory that provides lots of benefits for you.

How to remove a bathroom mirror

The main function of a mirror inside a bathroom is obviously to help you check out how you look. Then, from the layout perspective, a mirror can give a wide and bright impression to the bathroom beautifully.

But, there will be a time that you may need to remodel or simply clean up your bathroom in which you’ll have to remove the mirror to do so. Knowing the proper steps to remove it is a must since it may risk your comfort.

Removing a mirror which is hung by clips is actually not a hard thing to do. You can easily get this thing done in a matter of minutes without any needs of tricky elbow grease, but if only you properly know how to do it.

Here, we share you an easy guide toA�how to remove bathroom mirror with clips that you can use for your ultimate reference!

How To Remove Bathroom Mirror With Clips

Things that you will need to prepare:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Painter’s masking tape
  3. Eye goggles
  4. Gloves

Steps that you will need to do:

  1. Since removing mirror is always a riskful thing to do, being safe is all you need to keep in mind. To begin the step, apply the masking tape to the mirror in diagonal, vertical, and horizontal position. This will minimize the risk of injury in case the mirror crack or even break.
  2. Start unscrewing and removing the side clips first then pull the screw by simply using your fingers.
  3. Loosen the bottom clips and do not remove it since it may cause the mirror to fall down.
  4. Hold the mirror with one hand as you remove the top clips. It will help the mirror to stay in place. Getting some help from an assistant is very recommended.
  5. Now you can remove the mirror from its place, and do it very carefully.
  6. Keep in mind to carry the mirror in a vertical position to prevent cracking. If you carry it horizontally, the mirror can get stressed by its own weight.

So those are some steps that you can use as a simple and easy guide to answer your how to remove bathroom mirror with clips. Now you can do it properly without risking yourself too much.

Always keep in mind that mirror is an extremely fragile stuff that needs a careful hand to deal with. It can easily break or its sharp edge may hurt your fingers which, of course, cause some serious injuries that you will not want to experience.

Therefore, wearing thick safety glove is must, and having an assistant to help you out with this project will be more convenient.