Asked on Mar 30, 2016

How do you remove broken glass from stand up mirror?

Deb fahey
by Deb fahey
I have a beautiful stand up mirror. The hinge gave way and the mirror cracked. How do I get the pieces out?
I thought I could carefully pick the pieces out, but they won't budge
  10 answers
  • what do you want to do with it? reuse the frame?? it's probably screwed down from the back. remove the backing and take off the frame. They are cheap pine boards. It would be easier to go get new ones and and make a new mirror frame! Either way you are going to have to remove the backing that this current mirror is on and replace a new backing with a new mirror.
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    • Deb fahey Deb fahey on Mar 30, 2016
  • Jemma Dee Jemma Dee on Mar 30, 2016
    Cover it with a towel or garbage bag and break it up some more with a hammer. Maybe that will make a piece come loose. Or use duct tape to pull a piece out. That will allow you to see if the mirror was glued onto the backing.
  • Ann Ann on Mar 31, 2016
    Go to a glass store in your "little ole me" mode and ask for help!
  • Ann Ann on Mar 31, 2016
    If you are just removing it, try using contact paper to adhere to the glass, break it up with a hammer and use the contact paper edges to lift pieces out. BUT, I've seen some creative art pieces made of broken mirrors. One gal took all the pieces out then glued them back in a swirly wave design.
  • Bobbie Bobbie on Mar 31, 2016
    If you can, take the mirror as is to your local glass shop. They will remove the broken mirror and replace it for very little
  • Deb fahey Deb fahey on Apr 04, 2016
    Took it to my local glass place. It looks brand new again
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 01, 2023

    The glass shop can work miracles.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 02, 2023

    I would take this into a glass shop. They have the tools needed to do the job and have experience doing this also. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 20, 2024

    Lay on a bed of newspaper (mirror face down) Remove back panel coving mirror. tap mirror, which should fall out!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 20, 2024

    You should be able to remove the backing and possibly disassemble the frame. It would be easier if we had photos of the back. Most are similar to a photo in a frame. Then you can get a new mirror cut and put in. You could also take it to a glass company and have them replace it, they usually don't charge much over the mirror cost.