• Do It Yourself: Cleaning Fireplace Glass

    Do It Yourself: Cleaning Fireplace Glass

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    A beautiful warming fire with dancing flames and little sparks can be a beautiful thing… but only if you can see it.  After years of use, fireplace glass can become dirty with a film of black soot or white cloudiness covering it.  Although this problem normally doesn’t affect the performance of your unit, it can ruin its appeal while being an eyesore in the home.  Luckily the solution to dirty glass is often a little know-how and a lot of elbow grease.

    Follow these 5 steps to bring the warmth back into your living space: Double Glass Doors

    1. Before beginning any service on your gas fireplace you should first turn off the gas.  You will also want to make sure the glass is completely cooled.
       
    2. Next remove the glass panel from the unit. Follow any instructional guidelines from the manufacturer.  If none can be found, try removing the bottom access panel first and then slowly sliding the glass out.  Place the glass on a soft surface of towels.
       
    3. Although you could use a general purpose cleaner, you may want to try Stove Bright Cleaner or Rutland White Off, both specially-formulated for fireplaces.  They easily tackle soot and white residue.  Apply the cleaner in a circular motion on the glass making sure to cover the entire unit.  Never use cleaners with ammonia in them as this could etch the glass.
       
    4. Use a clean paper towel or newspaper to wipe away the cleaner.  Wipe one section at a time using a clean side of the towel with each pass.  You may need to repeat this step a couple times to completely remove all residues. 
       
    5. Now it’s time to place the glass back into the fireplace.  Gently slide it back in, replace the bottom access panel, and turn the gas back on.  If the unit is still cloudy, the glass could be permanently etched.  Etching occurs when there is repeated exposure to condensation, occurring when warm combustion gases come in contact with the cool glass.  At this point, the only solution is to replace the glass piece. 

    If you are noticing an excessive amount of buildup on your unit’s glass, it may be a sign of a more serious underlying issue.  Have your unit inspected by a chimney sweep firm such as Lindemann Chimney Service to ensure that the fireplace is safe to use.  During our visit we can suggest the best practices for keeping your unit clean and in proper working order.  If needed, we can also help with replacement glass.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced professionals.

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