In preparation for the new season, a little spring cleaning around the house is to be expected. Maybe what you hadn’t thought about, however, was sprucing up your fireplace, so it sparkles for the next time you have guests in your home. Here are some of our top recommendations for cleaning your gas fireplace.
Note: Before you get started, turn the fireplace completely off, including the pilot light, if applicable. Allow enough time for it to cool down entirely before starting any cleaning.
Tips for Cleaning a Gas Fireplace
- Clean the glass thoroughly as soon as you notice a buildup of white film. If this is left for a longer period of time, it will etch into the glass, becoming harder, if not impossible, to remove.
- NEVER use an abrasive cleaner or ammonia-based cleaner on ceramic glass. Any surface abrasion has the immediate effect of compromising the strength of the glass. Use an emulsion-type cleaner instead.
- Use a soft, damp cloth to apply the cleaner and dry the glass with a soft, dry cloth. Cotton is recommended. Most paper towels and synthetic materials are harsh on ceramic glass and should be avoided.
- Clean the steel trim with mild soap and warm water. Any alcohol/solvent-based cleaner will weaken the coating and damage it.
- Clean the barrier screen by dusting it with a soft brush.
- Clean the firebox ceramic logs/rocks and walls by dusting them with a soft brush. Use a soft brush to clean dust from the burner after removing the fuel bed. When cleaning, make sure that no particles are brushed into the slots of the burner.
- Always securely replace the window and the barrier screen before lighting.
Wipe Down Exterior
For anyone taking a look around your home, the glass is probably the first part of the fireplace they will notice, besides the mantle. With that said, it is important that you keep it sparkly clean with the right product. While you are cleaning the outside, inspect for any gaps or cracks in the framework and glass.
Using a professional glass fireplace cleaner is best, but if you prefer taking a DIY approach, follow this recipe to create a homemade cleaning solution.
Look For Debris
Know that while a new gas fireplace requires less cleaning than the traditional wood-burning fireplace, there is still some maintenance involved. This includes removing any debris or other buildup that has accumulated over time. Particularly, now that the cold weather is winding down is the perfect time to prepare your fireplace for the next year.
Contact The Professionals
Does your fireplace need more work done than you bargained for? Not to worry, for here at Croft Fireplace, we provide the best gas fireplaces across the Davis, Summit, and Salt Lake counties. Besides making the installation process as easy as can be, we always offer in-home previews with our experts prior. That way, we can review the space and help make your ideas come to life.
Another service offered by our team is gas fireplace conversions which incorporate gas fireplace inserts. This is ideal for those who are looking to transform their current wood-burning fireplaces into a new energy-efficient gas fireplace. In fact, it is easy to operate, fits inside your existing fireplace opening, and is more cost-effective than the traditional wood-burning fireplace.
Whether you have any questions about maintenance, installation, or fireplace conversions, our team would be glad to assist! Contact our fireplace specialists today in Salt Lake County, Summit County, or Davis County.