Bathroom mirrors are a common sight in homes across the world. They are generally installed close to where people spend most of their time—in the bathroom.
This is because a bathroom is often the only room in your home where you spend time grooming yourself.
But, do you know that you can remove your bathroom mirror? If you’re thinking about replacing your bathroom mirror with another type of mirror, that’s perfectly fine.
However, if you’re looking to remove your current bathroom mirror because you don’t like it, you have come to the right place. We’ll take you through some steps to remove your bathroom mirror.
Materials to Use When Removing the Bathroom Mirror
- Stiff paint brush or putty scraper
- Woodblock and clamps
- Dry ice or CO2 and a heating gun
- Rust remover for older household mirrors, if necessary.
These items within the previously mentioned brackets will be needed when removing bathroom mirrors that have materials in them that have been bonded directly with the mirror itself.
When removing your bathroom mirror without bolts, use only the stiff paintbrush or putty scraper, bucket, dry ice or CO2 and heating gun, and rust remover items.
- Step ladder or chair (any kind will do)
- Screwdriver (preferably short/medium) and a tape measure.
- Access to an electrical outlet to keep small appliances ready to use. You aren’t changing the bathroom light, but you may need it handy.
The first and foremost thing you want to do when removing a bathroom mirror is to measure the portion of the wall the mirror occupies if you are not sure how much space your old mirror covers up.
This way, when installing a new mirror after removing an old one in the same place, it will be easier for you because of where exactly your studs go; they stay exactly where they are.
After that comes removing screws holding the mirror plate in place with a screwdriver—you can ideally use both Phillips head and flathead depending on what screws you find on your wall as this piece of material is generally attached by different kinds of nails used for walls since it is relatively light-weight but still usually stays somewhere close to ¾ inch from the studs that support your drywall sheets.
Now that you have removed the hardware from the wall, walk across from where it was and pull through those sections on the mirror you want to remove.
You might want to use the glass cutting fluids or a hot knife to separate glued together sections of a mirror if they are stubborn, but they should come off pretty smoothly when there is a gap large enough at the edges of your mirror’s sections that you can begin pulling them through/out.
Find where your studs are efficiently by trying to push something pencil-like (glass ball or sharpened spine of a book, for example) inside through spots like where the spay adhesive was used, areas over lights, around old screw holes, and anything special that marked its position in your wall/drywall.
Keep retrying until you mark where something doesn’t activate an alarm; it doesn’t punch easily through drywall and sounds solid while pressing directly against the wood behind it.
Sometimes receptacles and switches magically orient with studs but often not; front (face-me) walls likely have fake ones close enough to hide them behind drywall and protect cords neatly.
Formica used with screws far apart doesn’t help to find objects well. To avoid accidents caused by backing up into sharp corners and noticing only fine patterned drywall makes good false fronts, but those aren’t strong (often different fiberboard).
Outlets created with outlet boxes sometimes choose drywall or plaster location so watch when making holes after framing during new drywalling.
Fussing over vertical centering between studs and mirrors within drywall or backed bookcases is fine as long as it makes sense and doesn’t require carving out holding partitions between studs without keeping that wall’s structural integrity otherwise.
It’s good to cut the section you want to keep using a glass-cutting fluid; there won’t be any confusion about untied edges.
Be sure to use gloves, too—if you’re hardy enough—because the acidity from this fluid will cause terrible skin burns and can darken floors/carpets very easily if not cleaned up immediately.
Hot knives are also good for complete mirror separation and produce very little mess afterward. Be careful not to catch the heated blade, though!
Using a coping saw is acceptable—but don’t forget your elbow pads because shoulder blades put your rotator cuff in danger every time you write that high up pointing down/at yourself/to the ceiling; symmetrical self-rocker shoulder-heaviness increases tendon tears severely.
Once you’ve done all these, you can use a sludger to pry the mirror’s edge off the wall gently. Be careful not to scratch or damage the wall.
Before you remove your bathroom mirror, you should clean it. This will help keep your other bathroom mirrors clean and keep your bathroom smelling nice and fresh. Use a soft cloth and mild dish soap to remove dirt or fingerprints from the mirror.
Make sure to rinse the soap off thoroughly, as mold and mildew shouldn’t be allowed to grow on your mirrors. Once the mirror is clean, allow it to dry completely before replacing it on the wall.
These are some frequently asked questions that the users commonly ask.
Question: What Is the Difference Between a Bathroom Mirror and a Vanity Mirror?
Answer: A bathroom mirror is used for personal grooming and applying makeup. The vanity mirror is used for applying makeup and getting dressed.
Question: How Do You Clean a Foggy or Dirty Mirror?
Answer: You can use Windex to clean your mirrors. Just spray some on the mirror and wipe it off with a paper towel. You will be amazed at how great your mirrors will look after cleaning them with this method!
Are you tired of the same old bathroom mirror? If so, you can remove your bathroom mirror and replace it with a different type of mirror. This guide will walk you through how to remove your bathroom mirror and replace it with a different type of mirror.