It is recommended that you clean the glass on your gas fireplace once or twice a year. That way, your gas fireplace will perform optimally, and you will be able to see clearly through it. Cleaning your gas fireplace glass will ensure that the fireplace lasts a very long time.
While using the fireplace, it is very common for the glass to have a white-grey build-up, fogging, but that should not worry you too much- it’s pretty normal. Don’t worry too much if you notice some film forming on the glass because it can all come off with a good clean.
If you have just installed your gar fireplace, you may need to clean it after a few hours of first use.
The particulates will mix with the combustion products in the first ten hours and then deposit on the glass. When it cools down, there will be some deposits on the glass that will need cleaning. However, if it is an old fireplace, the glass film will build up because of natural venting. Cleaning the glass twice a year is enough to keep it clean.
The main reason the glass gets dirty is because of the minerals that are found in the fuel. They cause build-ups on the glass because of the outside air that comes from the venting system. It would help if you cleaned it maybe once or twice a year, but that can increase depending on the number of times you use the gas fireplace glass.
If you’ve got a traditional brick fireplace, you can read how we recommend cleaning it here.
How to clean gas fireplace glass: step by step guide
The first step is to make sure that the fireplace is shut off. Make sure you also shut off the pilot light. The next step is to make sure that you open the glass front.
If the glass front has hinges, you should leave it on hinges, but if not, you will have to remove it and place it on a soft surface. You can put it on a carpet, towel, or even a drop cloth.
Second, it’s now time to clean the glass, visit your local store and buy a cream fireplace cleaner. Use about two tablespoons and apply all over it.
The next step will require you to have a soft cloth; make sure that the soft cloth you use is cotton. Let the cleaner sit on the glass for a while until it dries off completely, and it will take you approximately fifteen minutes.
You are now ready to buff off the cleaner using the soft cotton cloth. Make sure you clean in a circular motion.
After you are done cleaning the front part, go ahead and do the same for the back part. This time the circular motion should be in the opposite direction. That will help you figure out where streaks are or where there is still some cleaner.
Point to note
It would help if you always kept in mind some essential things when cleaning a gas fireplace insert. The cleaning product you use should not have any ammonia, and abrasive cleaners are also not recommended. You should also avoid using a paper towel; always go for a soft cloth made from cotton.
If you have any concerns regarding cleaning your gas fireplace glass, don’t hesitate to call a professional.
When should you call the Professionals?
When it is time to clean your gas fireplace, and you are not comfortable doing it yourself, you should call a professional. You don’t have to do the cleaning yourself just because people say it is a DIY. Some professionals are there to do this type of job specifically. This also applies to when you have a hard time getting your gas fireplace to start or not starting at all. Just give them a call, and they will come to your help.
Can you use vinegar to clean the gas fireplace glass?
Yes, you can use vinegar, but it has to be distilled white vinegar. You can also add some baking soda to it to form a paste that will help loosen the stubborn marks. After that, you can use your soft cloth to clean it off using the procedure given above. Please don’t use any harsh chemicals because they can damage the glass surface when you turn on the heat. Once you have gotten rid of all the major grime, use only the distilled white vinegar to continue the cleaning.
Cleaning your gas fireplace glass is an easy task; follow the steps above, and you will be done in no time. If you clean its doors after every use, it will also help reduce the effort by a lot. If you notice that the glass on your gas fireplace is starting to become dirty, follow the above steps, and it will be good as new in no time.