Debby Allmon Recommends Safe Way to Remove Mirrors

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Debby Allmon was featured in this past Sunday's Kansas City Star answering a reader's question about the safest way to remove floor-to-ceiling wall mirrors.

Question: I have floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall mirrors in my living room and bedroom. I want them gone (they're not my taste). I have no problem destroying them to get them down. What is the safe way to do that?

Answer: Sounds like you have a potentially dangerous job on your hands, so take precautions if you decide to remove the mirror yourself. Wear gloves and protective glasses. Lay a tarp over the area in front of the mirror. You should also use wide tape and crisscross it all over the mirror so that if the mirror breaks, the tape will help keep it intact. Because the mirrors go from floor to ceiling, I am assuming they are glued to the wall, so here are ways to attempt removal:

  • Cut the mirror out from the drywall.
  • Slip a piano wire or guitar string behind the mirror and saw back and forth to release the adhesive.
  • Pull the glass using a suction-cup removal device (mirror cups, found at glass companies).
  • My old standby: Call a glass company and have them remove it.

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Debby Allmon is a certified remodeler and vice president of Schloegel Design Remodel in Kansas City.