As colder days come closer, we need to get our fireplaces up and burning. Sitting in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea or coffee gives an insanely satisfying experience to the soul. If you have gotten yourselves one of those glass fireplaces so you can look at the fire, it is even better.
However, the soot may dirty the glass often. Over time the glass will gather a film of brown to black soot or have white deposits. Although this does not harm the fireplace, it does hinder the fire’s appearance which may affect the whole room’s look. But, worry not, because we have some tips and tricks that can be used to keep fireplaces glass clean and looking like new.
Different Ways to Keep Fireplace Glass Clean
Prevent Soot from Forming
One way to keep fireplaces glass clean is to start using methods that prevent soot from forming on them. The first trick for this would be to place the firewood as close to the glass as possible. People believe that if the firewood is further away from the glass, it would prevent the soot but that is not true. This just means that the glass is always colder and hence, the chances of stains are higher.
Another trick is to have larger fires using more logs. The smoke stains form because of the particles of wood flying in the air that is left unburned. Hence, if the fire is large it means the temperature is higher and in effect, less dirty glass.
A classic tip is to always use wood that is properly dried. If you are bringing local wood from your backyard, you should keep in mind that the more water it has the more smoke it will produce. The freshwater collected inside logs prevents the burning of fire which results in high amounts of smoke forming. Also, the hardwood often burns more cleanly than softwood since they have more organic matter and less moisture.
Apart from all this, make sure the smoke has a proper way to escape; otherwise, it will keep building inside, having no place to go.
Clean the Fireplace Glass with Vinegar
The above methods help you to prevent your fireplace glass from getting dirty but what should you do if there are already visible smoke stains on the glass? One way to tackle that is to clean the fireplace glass with vinegar.
Before starting, make sure that the glass is completely cool and no fire was recently built around it. These fireplace glasses are specially made to tolerate high temperatures of fire without breaking or melting so they may have some heat absorbed into them. If you are not careful, you may hurt yourself.
The vinegar solution used to clean soot from the fireplace glass requires three cups of warm water, a cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of ammonia. Mix these well, and add them in a spray bottle. Spray it on the glass containing smoke stains and let it sit for half a minute. Take a cotton cloth and scrub the stains in circular motions. Keep spraying and scrubbing until the glass is free from all kind of dirt.
Clean the Fireplace Glass with Oven Cleaner
If the stains are too old and have been building up for a while, it may be hard to get rid of them using a regular glass cleaner or even the vinegar solution. In a case like this, you can clean the fireplace glass with oven cleaner.
Again, before starting, make sure the glass is completely cooled. Another thing to do is to put a lot of newspapers under the fireplace door if the glass door is attached to the fireplace. This is because if the oven cleaner drops fall somewhere unattended, they may cause permanent stains to form during future fires.
Take your oven cleaner and spray it a bit on the glass. After letting it sit for a minute, use a sponge to wipe the stains off. Keep spraying and wiping until the glass is clean. You can also scrub in circular motions as it loosens the soot quickly.
In the end, use water and soap to wipe off all traces of the cleaner. If you clean your glass regularly, there would not be any build-up and normal glass cleaners can work, too.
Homemade Wood Stove Glass Cleaner
There are multiple recipes for homemade wood stove glass cleaners. One of these is the vinegar one given above. However, if you do not have ammonia (or have no idea what that is), you can try another homemade cleaner made by combining vinegar and corn starch. It requires a quarter cup of vinegar, two cups of warm water and a tablespoon of corn starch. After mixing it, add it in a spray bottle to be used as a cleaner. If it is not doing the trick, you can add a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol in it to make it stronger.
Toothpaste can be used for the stains that refuse to come out otherwise. Use a soft towel to rub toothpaste onto the stains in circular motions. Let it sit for fifteen minutes before wiping it off. This is the best homemade cleaner because it is cheap and does not contain any harmful chemicals. Make sure not to use gel toothpaste though, as it makes the glass turn hazy which is even harder to clean up.
Has the glass of your fireplace collected soot over time and hindered the appearance of your fire? It may seem that damage done to the glass is irreversible because of its grim colour but that is not true! There are many ways and hacks to get your class looking just like before.
Regular use of these methods helps keep the fireplace glass clean and gives your home a warmer effect. So, go ahead and try one of these methods as soon as you can.