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How to Clean Your Glass Fireplace Doors

February 2024
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A cosy fire in the fireplace can make any room feel warm andinviting but over time, smoke and soot from the fire can build up on the glassdoors, making them appear cloudy and dirty. This not only takes away from thecharm of the fireplace,but it also prevents heat from radiating into the room efficiently. For thesake of both aesthetics and functionality, it's important to clean your glassfireplace doors regularly.

Materials Needed

The good news is cleaning glass doors doesn't require anyfancy tools or expensive cleaners. In fact, you likely have most, if not all,of the suppliesyou'll need already in your home:


·     Mild dish soap – Mix a couple drops of mild dishsoap per litre of warm water. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners.

·     Soft cloths – Microfibre cloths or soft ragswork best. Paper towels can also be used.

·     Work gloves – Gloves will protect your handsfrom sharp edges and harsh cleaners.

·     Small bucket or spray bottle – This makesapplying your cleaning solution to the glass surface easier.

·     Old toothbrush or scrub brush – This can be helpfulfor scrubbing in crevices or awkward corners.

·     Squeegee (optional) – A squeegee with a rubberblade can help remove excess water and get a streak-free clean.

Safety Tips

When cleaning your glass fireplace doors, there are a fewimportant safety precautions to keep in mind. First, be sure to let thefireplace fully cool before cleaning the glass. Attempting to clean the glasswhile still hot will not only lead to burns but could result in the glasscracking. Give the fire several hours to cool completely before beginning yourcleaning. Remember to wear work gloves during the cleaning process to protectyour hands against sharp edges or debris. Take your time to work slowly andmethodically.

The Cleaning Process

Once you have gathered your supplies and taken the necessarysafety precautions, you're ready to start cleaning.


·     Remove any screens or grates, and fully open theglass doors so you can access the entire surface area.

·     Using a dry soft cloth, wipe away any initialloose debris or soot around the fireplace.

·     Apply your cleaning solution of mild soap andwater directly to the glass using a spray bottle, or dip your cloth into thesolution before wiping. Use your cleaner sparingly – you don’t need much.

·     Wipe the glass starting at the top and workingyour way down methodically. This avoids drips and prevents you needing to goback over areas you’ve cleaned.

·     Scrub thoroughly using a damp cloth or soft scrubbingbrush for heavily soiled areas. However, avoid abrasive scouring pads as thesemay scratch the glass.

·     Rinse the glass doors thoroughly with cleanwater to remove all soap residue and wipe dry with a lint-free cloth or towel.


Inspect closely under bright light for any remaining dirtyspots and repeat the process if needed. Once fully dry, you can replace anyscreens or grates and use your fireplace as normal.  


The frequency of cleaning your fireplace glass doors dependson the type of fireplace and your usage patterns. For electricor bio ethanol fireplaces, cleaning is necessary when you spot a build-up ofdirt, while gasfireplaces demand less frequent cleaning due to the absence of creosotebuild-up. However, glass doors on wood-burning fireplaces or woodstoves require cleaning every 3-4 weeks. Regardless of the fireplace type –be it gas, wood-burning or electric – regular cleaning is advisable to maintainoptimal performance.

3 Additional Methods for Cleaning Fireplace Glass

Keeping your fireplace glass sparkling clean improves itsappearance and functionality. While the above cleaning method is the mostcommon solution, there are several other highly effective DIY methods you canuse to remove smoke residue and soot build-up.


1. Vinegar and Water Solution


One of the most popular and effective solutions for cleaningglass doors and screens is a simple mixture of vinegar and water. Combine equalparts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle, and spray the solutiongenerously onto the glass. Let it sit for 5 minutes then wipe down with a softcloth, scrubbing areas with extra grime build-up. Lastly, rinse thoroughly withclean water and dry with a clean towel.


2. Chemical Glass Cleaners


Specialised chemical glass cleaners available at hardwareand home stores can make cleaning faster and easier. Choose a cleaner madespecifically for stove and fireplace glass, avoiding harsh chemicals, andsimply apply directly to the glass surface and let sit briefly. After a fewminutes, you can wipe the glass with a microfibre cloth in a circular motion tobuff away any dirt and grime. Rinse any residue thoroughly and dry glasscompletely.


3. Wood Ashes


For a traditional homemade solution, wood ashesfrom the fireplace can be used to effectively scrub away soot. Wet a sheet of newspaperand dip in cool fine wood ashes to

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