If the previous owner of your home installed a large mirror that they glued to the wall, then you'll be happy to know that it can be removed whole and without too much time and effort.
To complete this DIY project, you need to have protective clothing, leather gloves, and a pair of safety goggles. In addition, the best thing to cut through the mirror's glue backing is either a length of small-diameter metal braided wire or an automotive windshield cut-out wire. The braided wire can be purchased at any hardware store, and the windshield wire can be found at any car parts store.
Follow these steps to take down and recycle the unwanted mirror on your wall:
Step #1: Tighten the wire between your hands and slide it gently behind one corner of the mirror. You want the wire to be taut and flat against the surface of the sheetrock. Move the wire back and forth in a sawing motion while moving it towards the mirror's center. Once you get to the center, release the tension on the wire and slide it out from behind the mirror.
Step #2: Repeat the procedure above on two more corners of the mirror, for a total of three sections that have been cut.
Step #3: The safest way to finish removing the mirror is to ask an another adult to help you hold the mirror in place against the wall. At the same time as they keep the mirror steady, cut the final section of glue that is holding the mirror in place on the wall.
Step #4: Once the mirror has been successfully dislodged from the wall, then you should immediately carry it outside or store it in a safe place. The last thing you want to do is go through all of the work to remove it and then have someone knock over the mirror and break it all over the floor inside of your home!
If you are unable to remove the mirror yourself, then you should contact a local glass contractor for assistance. They will have all of the necessary tools and experience to easily and safely remove the mirror for you.
Finally, don't forget that you can recycle your mirror by reselling it to someone else or donating it to a building salvage company. There is no need for a good mirror to go into the landfill. Contact a glass company like Glasshopper Schor Glass for more information.