Before you clean your fireplace glass, make sure you check your owner’s manual for any manufacturer recommendations. Some warranties can be voided by cleaning the glass the wrong way. Follow any instructions that are provided.
If your fireplace is out of warranty or there aren’t any instructions, then here is the best way to clean fireplace glass effectively and affordably.
If You Need to Remove Soot from Your Fireplace Glass
The best way to remove soot from fireplace glass is to use a specific cleaner that is intended to get the job done. You can use an ammonia/water combination if you wish, but these products work more effectively without the need to have proper ventilation.
You can also use a chemical-free approach to cleaning your glass. Just use some newspaper, get it a little wet, and apply some of your fireplace ash to the glass. Scrub until it becomes clean.
Sometimes the reason why the glass is dirty is because the interior fire isn’t hot enough to burn away all residues. You may wish to start a very hot fire to remove as much of the residue as possible before starting the cleaning process.
If You Need to Clean Cloudy Glass
If your fireplace glass has become cloudy and yellow due to the buildup of contaminants within the fire box, then you’ll need to have an acidic cleaner that can break through that often sticky, gummy stuff. Natural cleaners like vinegar or lemon juice are often promoted as an effective way to restore the appearance of the glass.
We like these products to help restore the appearance of glass within a fireplace.
Just apply these glass cleaners as directed by the product. If you have tough spots on your glass that just won’t come off, then leave the glass wet with the cleaner. Apply a paper towel to that wet area so that it sticks to the glass. Then leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Scrub the spot clean. Repeat as necessary.
Tips to Make Sure You Stay Safe While Cleaning Fireplace Glass
• Always make sure the glass being cleaned is cool to the touch.
• Never mix bleach products with ammonia cleaners.
• Many cleaners can contain flammable items, so keep them away from a fire box that may contain hot coals.
• Be prepared to use considerable efforts if scrubbing glass clean that has had 6+ months of build-up which needs to be removed.
• Do not use abrasives when cleaning the glass unless there is no other way to remove stains or spots. Abrasives can scratch the glass and decrease its overall structural integrity.
• Always use personal protective equipment when applying fireplace glass cleaners, even when using natural products like vinegar.
With regular care and cleaning, your fireplace glass can give you a beautiful glimpse of the warm fires you create. Use these products and methods to make sure that glass can get clean and then stay that way.