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Tips For Cleaning Glass Fireplace Doors

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Fireplace doors coated with soot detract from a room's appearance as the fire can't be viewed behind the glass. Cleaning glass fireplace doors can be difficult, but it is essential to do.

When cleaning fireplace glass doors, abrasives must be avoided since they can scratch glass. Neither can ordinary glass cleaners be used since they aren't suited for removing layers of baked-on soot.

A number of safe and easy methods with household products can be used to clean fireplace doors. Consider the following tips:

  • Shut Off the Fireplace Gas Supply
  • A basic safety measure for working with the fireplace every time is to shut off the fireplace gas supply.

  • Clean Ashes with Ashes
  • Though counterintuitive, fireplace ashes work well at clearing black soot from glass fireplace doors. Slightly dampen a cloth or sheet of newspaper, then dip it in ashes and wipe away soot and grime. Repeat as necessary.

  • Household Ammonia
  • Ammonia is a versatile product that's excellent for a variety of cleaning tasks and is cost effective compared to commercial cleaning agents that may or may not work. Use a damp rag to apply the ammonia when cleaning your glass fireplace doors. Allow for sufficient ventilation and do not combine the ammonia with other cleaners to avoid hazardous fumes.

  • Alternative Cleaning Solutions
  • If you don't wish to use pure ammonia, you can mix one of two other solutions. The first choice is combining a 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of ammonia and adding it to enough cool water to fill a spray bottle. The second solution is made by combining equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Place newspapers under the open doors to catch any spilled cleaning solution to protect the floor, hearth carpet, or rug. Shake the bottle, then spray the doors. After standing for 5 to 10 minutes, use a nylon scrubber on more heavily sooted areas. Spray the doors and scrub a second time. Then spray plain water and clean it off with a soft rag.

  • Flat Razor Blade
  • Use a flat razor blade to scrape off layers of baked soot. Cover one side of the blade with masking or duct tape and lightly scrape the soot from the glass starting at one corner. When the razor blade is held at a sharp angle, virtually flat against the glass, it will not cause scratches.

  • Commercial Glass Cleaners
  • If you are unable to use a household product and/or prefer the convenience of a commercial cleaning agent, a variety of glass door cleaners that work well at removing soot are available. They can be purchased at a local fireplace store or online website for fireplace products.

These tips for cleaning glass fireplace doors will let you enjoy your fireplace and get the full benefit of their visual appeal.

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