How to Clean Fireplace Glass (5 Methods) + More!

How to Clean Fireplace Glass

It is almost sure that you landed on this article because your mood was killed the last time you sat to enjoy the warmth of your fireplace and could not even see the flames inside as clearly as you would like to see.

Well, this is because of the cloudiness or haze that has been formed up over the glass after using the fireplace for years.

No matter how strong and heat resistant the glass of a fireplace is, it cannot resist the build-up of soot and creosote that is a result of the constant use of the fireplace.

Not to worry!

This guide is for you. Read this DIY cleaning guide below to find out how to return the clear shine to your fireplace glass in simple, easy steps and access other helpful tips and information regarding the glass of your fireplace.

Preparatory Guide

1- Make sure that your fireplace is off and there are no hot coals or smoldering ashes inside. Wait at least 24 hours to ensure the fireplace is cold.

2- Wear your protective gear (rubber gloves and face mask) to protect your hands from hot coals so that you do not inhale ashes.

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3- Check if your glass doors are removable. If they are, then please remove them and do all your washing outside. If they are not, then put a tarp, towels, or rags under the glass and surrounding area to contain the mess and prevent stains.

4- Check the glass cleaning directions provided in the manufacturer’s manual or guide of your fireplace. This will tell you if there is any specific recommended cleaning method and what not to do when cleaning the glass.

Cleaning Methods and Steps

There are different kinds of fireplaces such as a gas fireplace, wood-burning fireplace, ethanol fireplace, stone fireplace, electric fireplace, etc these fireplaces can all be cleaned using different methods and this extends to the glass doors present in the fireplace.

I am listing out five different cleaning methods and steps for you. Choose the one that you like to bring back the sparkle and shine in your fireplace glass.

A. Cleaning with Fireplace Ashes

The simplest and most cost-effective cleaning method for your fireplace glass is the use of this uncommon cleaning item- Fireplace ashes, and another easy-to-get item- Newspapers.

The method is effective in removing creosote and soot buildup from all kinds of fireplaces.

You’ll Need

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves and nose mask)
2- Newspapers
3- Paper towels
4- Fireplace ash
5- Water
6- Spray bottle
7- Hand Shovel

STEPS

STEP 1: Wear your protective gear and then use a small hand shovel to scoop dry ashes into a container or newspaper.

STEP 2: Take a newspaper and dampen it with first water and then dry ashes from your fireplace. Use circular motions to wipe the glass to loosen the dirt from tough spots on the glass.

STEP 3: Spray water on the glass and use dry paper towels to wipe down the glass. This will remove the ash and leave it clear and shiny.

B. Cleaning with Vinegar

This cleaning method works well on the glass of gas and wood-burning fireplaces and serves as an easy hack to removing soot and creosote from the glass.

The cornstarch helps to create an abrasive yet gentle cleaning agent and the rubbing alcohol helps to conquer any tough stains and spots that have resisted the vinegar and cornstarch.

You’ll Need

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves and nose mask)
2- Newspapers
3- Paper towels
4- Warm Water
5- Spray bottle
6- Wire brush
7- White Vinegar
8- Cornstarch
9- Scrub brush
10- Rubbing Alcohol

STEPS

STEP 1: Wear your protective gear and use a wire brush to scrape any buildup of creosote and soot from the glass.

Caution: Use the wire brush as gently as you can, trying not to touch the glass excessively but only the buildup. Any abrasives will leave scratch marks on glass.

STEP 2: Create a mixture of a quarter cup of white vinegar, two cups of warm water, and a tablespoon of cornstarch in a spray bottle, spray on the glass, and use the scrub brush to scrub and clean the tough soot residue and creosote.

STEP 3: Use paper towels and warm water to wipe off the cleaning mixture and loosened soot.

STEP 4: This stage is to clean off any stains or spots that have resisted cleaning with the vinegar and cornstarch. Add a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol to the vinegar and cornstarch mixture to create a more powerful cleaning mix.

STEP 5: Spray the new mixture on the glass, leave for a few minutes and then wipe off with dry paper towels.

C. Cleaning with Fireplace Glass Cleaner

This cleaning method is suitable for the glass in all kinds of fireplaces that is not too thickly stained with soot and creosote. It also works especially well for electric and ethanol-burning fireplaces.

You’ll Need

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves and nose mask)
2- Paper towels / dry cloth
3- Spray bottle

4- Glass cleaner

STEPS

STEP 1: Wear your protective gear, then spray the glass cleaner on the fireplace glass and make sure to properly cover the surface. Let the spray sit for 45 seconds.

STEP 2: Use a dry paper towel to scrub the sprayed glass thoroughly.

STEP 3: Dampen a paper towel with warm water and use it to clean and wipe the glass. Repeat the process with a dry cloth or paper towel.

D. Cleaning with Oven Cleaner

This cleaning method is reserved for cleaning fireplace glass that has very thick layers of soot and creosote that have resisted cleaning with baking soda, vinegar, ash, etc

You’ll Need

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves and nose mask)
2- Oven cleaner
3- Paper towels
4- Warm Water
5- Spray bottle
6- scrub brush
7- Soap

STEPS

STEP 1: Check the label or guide of the chosen oven cleaner. Oven cleaners usually have different setting times based on the brand you’re using.

STEP 2: Wear your protective gear then spray the oven cleaner on the glass and leave for a few minutes or for the time period specified by the cleaner in use.

STEP 3: Wipe the glass clean with damp paper towels.

STEP 4: Apply the fireplace glass cleaner following the cleaning method or scrub with the soft scrub brush, soap, and warm water. This will remove remnant traces of the oven cleaner which can stain the glass permanently.

STEP 5: Clean the glass with a damp paper towel to remove all the cleaning agents and leave it sparkling and clear.

E. Cleaning with Baking Soda

This technique is recommended for use when cleaning the glass on a gas fireplace and that of a wood-burning fireplace. The easy-to-use feature of a gas fireplace tends to make owners lax in cleaning and allows the buildup of soot on the glass.

You’ll Need

1- Protective gear (rubber gloves and nose mask)
2- Old towels/rags
3- Paper towels
4- Warm Water
5- Baking Soda
6- scrub brush

STEPS

STEP 1: Switch off the gas and allow the fireplace to cool completely.

STEP 2: Wear your protective gear and spread towels or rags around the cleaning area.

STEP 3: Mix baking soda and water until it forms a thick paste. Then use a soft scrubbing brush to apply it to the glass and scrub thoroughly in a circular motion.

STEP 4: Repeat the process until the soot is gone and then wipe the glass with a wet paper towel.

STEP 5: Use dry paper towels to make sure the glass is dry before you close the glass door.

How Often Should You Clean Your Fireplace Glass?

This depends on the type of fireplace you have and how frequently you use your fireplace.

The glass of wood-burning fireplaces requires cleaning as frequently as once every four weeks, those in gas fireplaces require half as much cleaning frequency, and the glass of electric and ethanol fireplaces requires little to no maintenance and can be cleaned on a discretionary basis (when you notice any buildup).

You should increase the cleaning frequency if you use the fireplace often, and this is especially important for the glass of a wood-burning fireplace.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you use Windex on fireplace glass?

No, you cannot. The glass of a fireplace door is special and requires special glass cleaners. Windex is used for the cleaning of ordinary glass.

Can you clean your fireplace glass while it is hot?

No, you cannot. Do NOT touch the glass until the fireplace is off and you have waited at least 24 hours to make sure there are no smoldering ashes or embers.

Conclusion

It is important to clean and take proper care of your fireplace glass because it not only allows you to properly enjoy the use of your fireplace but also speaks to visitors about the level of hygiene and care present in your home.

I promise that proper and careful application of any of the cleaning methods outlined above is sure to clear away all soot and creosote from the glass of your fireplace and leave you with a clean and shiny view of the hearth.

Cheers!

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