Cleaning Glass On Fireplace Doors 101 | Burning Inspirations
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Stains on fireplace glass can build up over time due to the ashes being released from the fire. There is a particular technique required to clean the glass properly without damaging it and it needs a little elbow grease and the right cleaning products.

Follow our simple instructions on how to clean the fireplace door glass and get the best results.

How to clean glass fireplace doors

Use glass cleaner

All you need when cleaning the glass door on a fireplace is use a non-abrasive glass cleaner and damp paper towel or newspaper. After you have sprayed on the solution, you can dip the wet part into the ashes and start wiping the glass in a circular motion. This means that the stains on the door break down. After this, you can take a fresh piece of paper and wipe down again.

If the glass cleaner is not tough enough for the stains and build-up of carbon residue then you can use an oven cleaner as an alternative.

Oven cleaner is a far more heavy-duty cleaning solution that will be very effective at removing dirt and stains. The best part is that it doesn’t require much effort on your part too! Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves and eye protection as a precaution. Alongside this, you should also open a window to let air into the room.

Make sure to prevent air leaks

When cleaning the fireplace doors, it is important to prevent air leaks so the glass must be sealed tightly. You can seal them with a woven gasket glued on one side.

Before you install the gasket you can clean the glass and remove the paper backing. After this, you can lay it on a flat surface and place glue side up.

Replacing fireplace glass doors can be expensive and should only be changed if the glass is highly etched. If you keep up with regular cleaning and maintenance then you can save yourself a lot of money.

Get that sparkling clean finish

When your fireplace glass door is dirty or sooty, you can use a razor blade to remove any stubborn pieces. However, you do need to take extra care in not scratching the glass. For a sparkling finish, spray the interior and exterior of the glass door with apple cider vinegar and water before drying with a soft cloth.


While the above cleaning methods are effective, it may take some time and effort to completely remove all the grime and any stains.

Sometimes it works out better to do this over a stretch of a few days. When cleaning the glass door of the fireplace it is integral to keep the cloth wet throughout the cleaning process. In addition to this, when you clean the glass regularly this will prevent the stains from building up.

Our last tip to ensure that any small ash particles aren’t blown into the air is to use a vacuum cleaner and this prevents this from happening. You can get specialist ash vacuums that contain filters.

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