How To Clean Fireplace?
A gas fireplace offers modern comfort and convenience, providing an effortless way to warm up and infuse your living space with coziness. While the switch-controlled flames eliminate the need for logs and matches, maintaining the functionality and aesthetics of a gas fireplace requires regular cleaning. Beyond the obvious concerns of smudges and dirt on the glass, accumulated debris can lead to unpleasant odors and impact the fireplace’s performance. In this guide, we delve into the importance of routine cleaning for your gas fireplace and learn the steps to clean the fireplace like a professional.
How Frequently Should a Gas Fireplace Be Cleaned?
The general manager of Dallas Maids, Alex Varela, advises cleaning a gas fireplace once a month, followed by professional cleaning and inspection once a year. You might need to clean your fireplace once a week or twice a month if you use it frequently, such as during the winter. Before you start using your fireplace again in the winter, Daniel Morris of Fire and Saw advises doing a thorough cleaning because it might have accumulated too much dust over the summer.
Regardless of when you clean, take advantage of the chance to inspect the fireplace for any problems that need professional assistance.
What You’ll Need Is:
- Cleaner for fireplace glass
- A microfiber cloth and a soft brush
- Water and soap
- the screwdriver
- an attachment for a hose on a vacuum cleaner
- Cheesecloth (optional)
- an air compressor can (optional)
- Paper or just a tarp (optional)
Step 1: Shut off the gas
Always get going by lighting a cool fire. Make sure to shut off the gas valve before you start cleaning a gas fireplace (usually located next to the fireplace). Before you begin, it’s also crucial to make sure the pilot light is off.
Step 2: Take the fireplace apart
It’s time to disassemble the fireplace once it’s safe to clean it. If you have a screwdriver, Varela advises using it to remove the glass covering. Remove any metal screens or mesh curtains from your fireplace.
The logs must be disassembled as well, and once you’re done, they should be placed back in their original location. Varela advises taking a photo with your phone to help you remember the original configuration of the logs. The soot from the logs may damage your carpet or rug, so if necessary, lay down a newspaper or tarp beforehand.
Step 3: Scrub the Metal, Mesh, or Glass
Then, clean the fireplace glass in accordance with the product’s instructions using a specialised cleaner designed for cleaning fireplace glass, which you can typically find at a hardware store. Varela advises applying it to a microfiber cloth rather than directly to the glass. Typically, fireplace glass cleaners need to sit for a few minutes; while you wait, you can start cleaning the other parts.
Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to clean both sides of a metal screen or mesh curtain if you have one.
Step 4: Scrub the fireplace’s interior
Grab your vacuum and use the hose attachment to remove dust and cobwebs from the lava rocks or glass stones in your fireplace while the fireplace glass cleaner is doing its job. If your rocks are small enough to be sucked into the vacuum, you can use the rubber band to secure a piece of cheesecloth to the end of the nozzle. After that, vacuum the fireplace’s interior.
Use a soft-bristled brush or an old microfiber cloth dipped in warm, soapy water to clean the gas line and pilot light. When you’re done, make sure there is no soap left on these parts. Varela advises using the compressed air can to dust off these components as well.
Step 5: Clean the Logs
Next, suck any dust or dirt off the fireplace logs using your vacuum and hose attachment. Never use cleaning agents or moisture on the logs because they are powered by electricity. To remove stubborn debris, use a dry cloth or soft brush.
Step 6: Finish the Glass
Now is the time to wipe any cleaner you may have sprayed on your glass. Start by wiping the cleaner from the outside of the glass, which is likely to be less dirty than the interior, using a dry microfiber cloth.
Step 7: Put the Fireplace Back Together
Reassemble the fireplace using your photo as a guide after all parts are clean and dry. Varela claims the logs are frequently fragile, so exercise extra caution.
Step 8: Wipe your fireplace and mantel
After thoroughly cleaning the inside of your fireplace, don’t forget to finish by cleaning the mantle and hearth. Depending on the material, a soft cloth or feather duster should work. Enjoy your spotless gas fireplace right now.
How to Maintain a Gas Fireplace Longer and Cleaner
The best way to make sure your gas fireplace is both clean and functional for the long haul is to perform monthly maintenance. Varela advises vacuuming your fireplace every other week or so if you use it frequently.