Replacing a bathroom mirror is one of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of any bathroom. Unfortunately, if your existing mirror is secured directly to the wall, removing it can be a bit more involved than you’d initially think. Frameless bathroom mirrors (or builder mirrors) can either be attached to the wall with adhesive on the back or with clips screwed to the wall around the mirror’s perimeter. Consequently, removing them requires a specific procedure that needs to be done with care.
The good news? It’s still a relatively quick and easy task that can be performed with minimal tools or expertise. Whether your mirror is secured with adhesive or clips, read on to learn how to remove a bathroom mirror safely and effectively.
Before You Begin
Mirrors are heavy and fragile, so it’s best to work with a helper who can hold and support the mirror while it’s being removed. Also, lay down surface protection—like cardboard or drop cloths—over the nearby sink and vanity to protect them from damage.
Along with protecting surrounding surfaces, it’s important to protect yourself from cuts in case the glass shatters during removal. To prevent cuts from broken glass and sharp edges, you and your partner should be equipped with:
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Long pants
- Closed-toed shoes
- Thick work gloves
- Eye protection
You should also apply multiple strips of tape, in a crisscross pattern or an X over the majority of the mirror, to the mirrored surface. Doing so will prevent shattering and will help hold larger shards of glass in place if the mirror does end up breaking.
Source: The Spruce