Owning a fireplace can increase the elegance of your home and its overall value. Fireplaces and wood stoves are also excellent ways to keep your house warm during the winter while creating a welcoming atmosphere. However, owning one means also having to take care of it properly.
In today’s guide, we’ll teach you how to clean fireplace glass. Our tips can help you whether you own a gas fireplace or an electric model!
Steps for Cleaning Stove or Fireplace Glass
Now that you have your new fireplace, it is time to learn how to maintain it. As a rule, you should clean the inside of your fireplace after every use. That process includes your fireplace’s glass door, which you should clean at least once a week.
Here’s what you can do to clean your glass properly:
Gather all the materials. You can use a variety of cleaning materials. However, it is very important to avoid using harsh chemicals or heavy-duty cleaners that could leave scratches all over the glass.
Remove the glass carefully. Avoid accidents by removing the glass from the fireplace before cleaning. You should wait until the fire has been extinguished and the glass is cool to the touch.
Scrub the glass. Now, use a cloth or a piece of newspaper to scrub the glass. Just remember to always use circular motions. These movements will help you prevent scratches and marks on the glass.
Rinse the glass thoroughly. Now that you’ve removed all the soot and residue, you can rinse the glass using a spray bottle. Use warm water to remove leftover ashes and other materials quickly and easily.
Let the glass dry. You need to dry the glass after rinsing. You can let it air dry or do it yourself with a cloth or clean paper towel. Once the glass is dry, you need to carefully put it back in place.
3 Different Ways of Cleaning Fireplace and Stove Glass
There are multiple ways to clean your fireplace doors without hiring a professional cleaner. Here are three of the most common fireplace glass cleaner solutions and methods.
1. A Microfiber Cloth and a Razor Blade
This option should be your go-to if you notice soot and residue heavily stuck to the glass. The razor will make removing any thick layers of grime easier, and you can use the microfiber cloth to scrub soot and rinse the glass.
Here’s what you have to do:
Hold the blade carefully at a 40° angle. You can use gloves or hold the razor with a cloth to prevent cuts.
Push the razor blade alongside the glass surface. Do it until you’ve removed all black residue.
Once you’ve removed the thick layers, you can use a damp cloth to wipe the glass.
2. A Vinegar Solution
Another method to remove soot and residue is using a vinegar solution. The solution is perfect for cleaning almost all surfaces and doesn’t need many ingredients. All you have to do is to mix the vinegar with water. You can also add a little ammonia or rubbing alcohol for better results.
Follow these steps to clean glass with a vinegar solution:
Dip a cloth in the vinegar solution.
Use the damp cloth to scrub the glass.
Scrub until you’ve removed all residue.
Rinse the glass to clean off the solution.
Tip: Adding a tablespoon of cornstarch to the solution will make it stronger. That way, you can remove the thicker layers of grime.
3. Ashes and Newspaper
You can also use the ashes from the fireplace to remove soot and other residue. It is an easy and cost-effective option. All you need is an old newspaper, water, and the ashes from your fireplace.
To clean your fireplace using ashes and a newspaper, you can do the following:
Wet the newspaper.
Dip the wet newspaper in the ash.
Start scrubbing using circular motions.
Keep going until you remove all the soot.
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