Does your fireplace have glass doors or panels but you’re not sure how to clean them? Fireplace glass doors are usually made of either tempered glass or ceramic glass. Both can withstand high heat but are not ash or soot proof. They will require cleaning every week especially when they are used often.
A clean fireplace not only helps preserve your home’s beautiful aesthetic, but it also helps maintain a safe home. Wood burning fireplaces will leave what is called a creosote—a highly flammable substance which may cause chimney fire. Electric fireplaces are generally easier to maintain.
Whether it’s a wood burner, a gas burner or an electric fireplace, there is a proper way to keep it clean and ready for use all-year long.
Steps For How to Clean Your Fireplace Glass
Prevent damage while cleaning your fireplace glass with these easy and straightforward methods:
Materials You Will Need
- Cleaning agent: Multi-Surface Cleaner, dish soap, distilled vinegar diluted in water, or ash and newspaper combo.
- Warm water for rinsing the glass
- Microfiber towel
Pro tip: Do not attempt to clean the fireplace while it’s still hot. Let it cool down for a day before beginning the cleaning process.
Cleaning Process Using a Surface Cleaner
- Remove the glass doors of your fireplace, if possible. Then lay it on a surface where you can clean without damaging it.
- Spray Multi-Surface Cleaner on the fireplace glass and use a microfiber towel to wipe the area using a circular motion. Do this repeatedly until the surface is free from soot and other residue.
Pro tip: Rinsing or wiping off the surface is optional with Puracy’s Everyday Surface Cleaner since it features a no-rinse formula.
Cleaning Process Using Vinegar Solution
- Prepare the solution by mixing equal parts white distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on the fireplace glass and use a microfiber towel to wipe the area off any unwanted dirt and debris. Do this repeatedly until you are satisfied with the results.
- Use warm water to rinse off the vinegar solution, then wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth.
Cleaning Process Using Ash and an Old Newspaper
- Take some of the ashes from the fireplace and add some water to form a paste. Set aside.
- Dampen a folded sheet of old newspaper with water.
- Apply a moderate amount of the ash paste on the glass then use the damp newspaper to scrub the ash paste in a circular motion on the surface.
- Rinse thoroughly and let it dry.
Cleaning Different Types of Fireplaces
Three of the most common types are your gas, wood, and electric powered fireplaces.
A gas-fired fireplace is easier to clean because you don’t have to deal with soot and ashes. A monthly clean is good enough if it is not being used often.
- Turn off the gas valve.
- Take off the removable components like glass or metal doors, which may have become cloudy from the combustion process. You can clean them using any of the methods mentioned above.
- Wipe away the pipes and use the vacuum to remove cobwebs.
- Take out the rocks and other materials inside and brush them off or use a hand vacuum to remove debris.
- Once done, reassemble the pieces together
A wood fireplace or burner stove requires more preparation and materials for the cleaning process. You’ll have to deal with wood ash and soot. Protective gear like safety gloves, safety goggles, and dust mask are important.
- Throw away what’s left of the burnt wood then sweep off the ash with a broom or use a shovel for easier cleanup.
- In a spray bottle, add warm water and bleach to serve as a cleaning solution
- Spray all visible areas of the fireplace and use a brush to clean the unit.
- Rinse with warm water afterwards then let it dry.
An electric fireplace will be the easiest to clean. The glass can easily be removed for cleaning. The crystals, logs, or other decorative items will usually be removed, too.
- Use a vacuum at the lowest setting to clean the tray where all the fireplace items are placed.
- Using a dry paintbrush, dust off the items before returning them on the fireplace tray.
- Follow the instructions mentioned earlier to clean the glass before putting it back together.
Tips for a Clean and Long-Lasting Fireplace
A fireplace improves the value of your home by 6-8%, according to real estate experts. Keeping it clean and of service for generations to come will not only increase its resale value, but it will also improve your home’s ambiance.
Follow these tips for a clean, scratch-free, and durable fireplace:
- Allow the fireplace to cool down overnight before attempting any disassembling and cleaning.
- Always use a circular motion when cleaning and wiping off the glass part to avoid scratching the surface.
- Use a clean towel when wiping the surface of the glass. Other materials may leave behind lint.
- Schedule a yearly professional inspection and cleaning to keep it in tip-top shape.
- Do not use harsh or abrasive chemicals and tools to avoid scratching observable surfaces. A plant-based or enzymatic cleaner is an organic and eco-friendly cleaning solution for every home.