How to Remove Old Toothbrush Holders From the Wall

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You can remove an old toothbrush holder from the wall.
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Some bathrooms are designed with empty space over the counter, perfect for the addition of hand towel bars or mounted toothbrush holders. If you are renovating your bathroom or simply prefer to store your toothbrush elsewhere, you might wish to remove the toothbrush holder from the wall. Depending on how the fixture is mounted, this will need to be accomplished differently. However, most toothbrush holder removals are fairly straightforward.

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Tile-Mounted Toothbrush Holders

Some toothbrush holders are tile-mounted models, meaning that they are attached directly to the tile (or other material covering your drywall). In nearly all cases, these tile-mounted models will have been attached with grout. While grout is an excellent way to ensure stability in such a fixture, it can make removal tricky.

First, attempt to soften the grout by blowing on the edges with a hair dryer on its highest and hottest setting. You may then be able to use a putty knife to remove the grout. Try sliding the knife directly under the grout line to begin to peel it up. Be sure to keep your hand underneath the toothbrush holder so that it doesn't fall when it releases.

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Is this doesn't work, you can also try to chip away at the grout with the putty knife. Be gentle if you plan to use the toothbrush holder elsewhere and don't intend to simply dispose of it. If you are too rough with the putty knife, it may damage or scratch the fixture.

Screw-Mounted Toothbrush Holders

Many toothbrush holders are held to the wall with screws. You should be able to determine this via a visual inspection of the edges or back of the holder. In many cases, the screws are located at the edges of the mounting plate rather than on the holder part of the fixture.

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Once you have identified the screws, you should match them to the appropriate screwdriver, both in terms of size and head type. Then turn the screwdriver to the left and begin to loosen the screws. It's a good idea to loosen each screw most of the way, but not completely. This will keep the toothbrush holder attached to the wall until all screws are loose, and then you can gently pull the entire unit off at once.

When you remove the toothbrush holder, the screws may drop out. Pick them up right away to avoid losing them and put them in a storage bag or tape them to the fixture if you plan to keep and reuse it in the future.

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Repairing the Wall

The removal of your toothbrush holder might damage the wall on which it was located, but only slightly. If the wall is tiled, DIY Doctor suggests that you can use water and steel wool to gently scrub any lingering grout off the tile. It's unlikely that you will pull pieces of tile off in the process of removing the toothbrush holder, so chunks of leftover grout are likely to be all you'll contend with.

You may wish to fill your screw holes if the toothbrush holder was screw-mounted. Try using either spackle or wall joint compound for this project.

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Danielle Smyth is a writer and content marketer from upstate New York. She holds a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She owns her own content marketing agency, Wordsmyth Creative Content Marketing, and she enjoys writing home and DIY articles and blogs for clients in a variety of related industries. She also runs her own lifestyle blog, Sweet Frivolity.