How to Clean Glass Fireplace Doors
The stains on your fireplace glass doors can build up over time as a result of ashes that are released from the fire. To clean the glass properly without damaging it, you need a little elbow grease and the right products. Simply follow the instructions in this article to get the best results.
A non-abrasive glass cleaner and a crumpled up piece of newspaper should be all you need to clean the fireplace glass door. Just spray the solution on the newspaper but don’t wipe yet. Dip the wet part into the ashes and start wiping in circular motion on the glass. As you’re wiping, you will notice the stains on the door breaking down. Do this task one more time before wiping off with a fresh piece of paper towel.
If a normal glass or window cleaner isn’t tough enough in removing the built-up carbon residue, as an alternative, you can use household ammonia or an oven cleaner. These heavy-duty solutions will all be effective in removing dirt and stains and the best thing is they don’t require much effort on your part. Just remember to use these chemicals with utmost caution by wearing rubber gloves and goggles. You should also open your windows to let air into the room.
Preventing Air Leaks
To prevent air leaks whilst cleaning the fireplace doors, the glass must be sealed tightly. This can be done with a woven gasket glued on one side. Before installing the gasket you can clean the glass and then remove the paper backing and lay it on a flat surface with the glued side up. The edge of the glass should be centred along the gasket and pressed into the adhesive. Now wrap the gasket’s edges around the glass edges until you see brown streaks entering from the door frame. This is when the gasket needs replacing.
As fireplace glass doors are expensive, they should never need replacing unless the glass is highly etched with normal use over time. But if you keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance, you can save yourself a lot of money.
Getting a Sparking Finish
If the fireplace glass door is too dirty and sooty, you may use a razor blade to remove the stubborn deposits. Take extra care not to scratch the glass after all that scraping, and for a sparkly finish, spray the interior and exterior of the door with apple cider vinegar and water before drying it with a soft cloth.
Although the above cleaning methods are effective, it may take you some time and effort to completely remove all the stains and grime. It’s best to do this task over a few days and take regular breaks. After all, it won’t make much difference if the dirt sits in-between cleanings. Be sure to keep the cloth wet throughout the cleaning as this will avoid damage to the glass. With regular cleanings, the stain won’t build up on the glass anymore. The last tip is to avoid using your household vacuum cleaner to remove the ash as the small particles will be blown back into the air. There are special ash vacuums that prevent this from happening as they contain filters. Look for these products on the manufacturer’s website or find a reputable supplier online.
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