No matter how beautiful your fireplace glass is, it can be a hassle and downright tedious to clean.
Even if you put in the effort and use traditional glass cleaners, dirt, soot, and debris can still accumulate on it, making it look dull and dingy. Plus, the continued accumulation of debris can cause damage to the glass over time.
Don’t settle for second-best when it comes to your fireplace glass. With my pro tips and tricks, you’ll have your fireplace looking sparkling clean in no time!
Why Should You Clean Your Fireplace Glass?
The main reason to keep your fireplace glass clean is fire safety. When your fireplace glass is dirty and covered in soot, it can obscure your view of the fire and block heat from entering your home.
Keeping your glass clean helps you to enjoy a safe and efficient fire while keeping your home comfortable and cozy. Having it cleaned also makes the fire warm and inviting without all the gunk blocking your view.
Before we start cleaning, let's make sure we have everything we need. You'll need:
- A soft brush or cloth
- A bucket of warm water
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Optional: commercial cleaner
- Protective gear, like gloves and safety glasses
Preparing the Glass for Cleaning
The first step to cleaning your fireplace glass is to prepare it for cleaning. The biggest thing is to make sure the glass and fireplace door isn't hot from a recent fire and it has had time to cool down.
If you have ashes or debris on the glass, use a soft brush or cloth to gently remove it. Then, wet the glass with warm water to make it easier to clean. You can also spray it with a vinegar and water solution and let it sit to start breaking up the soot.
If it is really bad you can hit it with a heavy spray and let it soak for a few minutes before wiping it off.
How to Clean Your Fireplace Glass
Now it's time to get down to business. There are a few different ways you can clean your fireplace glass. Here are a few options:
Option 1: White Vinegar
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the glass and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a soft brush or cloth to scrub the glass, being careful not to scratch it. Rinse the glass with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.
Option 2: Vinegar and Ash
By mixing the leftover ashes from the fireplace with a little vinegar and water you can make a cleaning solution that is pretty effective at cleaning your fireplace glass door. There is no rule as to how much water to vinegar to soot ratio is but I personally like 1 part water to 1 part white vinegar and enough ash to make a paste. Rub that on and work in then rinse with warm water.
Option 3: Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the glass and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a soft brush or cloth to scrub the glass. Rinse the glass with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.
read more about cleaning with vinegar and baking soda here!
Option 4: Commercial Cleaner
If neither of the above options works for you, there are plenty of commercial cleaners available specifically designed for cleaning fireplace glass. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them closely. You can use whatever glass cleaner you like the most.
Steps For Cleaning The Wood Stove Glass
Here's a step-by-step walkthrough on how to clean fireplace glass using your preferred cleaner:
- Remove the glass from its seating if possible. Some fireplace models allow you to do this easily, but if your fireplace glass is fixed in place, you can still clean it with the glass in position.
- Spray your preferred cleaner onto the glass. Some recommended solutions include vinegar and water, baking soda and water, or a commercial fireplace glass cleaner. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions if using a commercial cleaner.
- Allow the cleaner to sit and penetrate any soot or grime buildup for roughly 5-10 minutes.
- Scrub the glass with a microfiber towel, sponge, or soft-bristled brush. Be cautious not to damage any seals or gaskets that can be located around the glass, and avoid using harsh or abrasive scrubbing pads or materials.
- Rinse the glass with warm water to remove the cleaner and any loosened soot or grime. If needed, repeat steps 2-4 until your fireplace glass is clean.
- Dry the glass with a soft cloth to avoid streaking or water spots.
Remember to always follow safety precautions by wearing gloves and eye protection as appropriate while cleaning your fireplace glass. Also, be sure your fireplace is entirely cooled before cleaning and never dispose of ashes or other fireplace debris until they are entirely cooled.
Once your fireplace glass is sparkling clean, it's important to keep it that way. Regular maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your glass. Here are a few tips:
Clean your glass regularly to prevent the buildup of soot and debris.
Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any ashes or debris before cleaning.
Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that could scratch or damage the glass.
Use a circular motion to clean fireplace glass doors with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free clean every time.
Pro tip: If you have a wood burning fireplace or wood stove, you can use a paper towel to wipe down the glass doors and use it as a firestarter the next time you light it.
As with any cleaning task, safety is important when cleaning fireplace glass. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Always wear protective gear, like gloves and safety glasses.
- Never use flammable liquids for fireplace glass cleaning.
- Be gentle when scrubbing the glass to avoid scratching or damaging it.
- If it is a gas fireplace make sure it is turned off while cleaning it.
For added safety with kiddos around be sure to have a baby gate around to protect them. Check out our review of the best baby gates for fireplaces here!
Now you know the ins and outs of cleaning fireplace glass like a pro. With a few simple materials and some elbow grease, you can keep your fireplace looking beautiful for years to come. So go forth and conquer that cloudy glass – you've got this!