How to Clean Your Glass Fireplace Doors

A fireplace with glass doors.

A fireplace can be made to look much more elegant and classic by adding glass fireplace doors. A glass fireplace door will help reduce your heating bill, make your fireplace more efficient, and add a certain charm to the room. If you are fond of looking at the fire while it burns you need to make sure the glass fireplace doors are cleaned regularly to prevent the buildup of soot on the glass.

Step 1 - Shut Off the Fireplace Gas Supply

Make sure you start the process by shutting off the fireplace gas supply. This is a standard procedure you should follow every time you are working with the fireplace.

Step 2 - Make Your Own Cleaning Solution

Instead of buying an expensive cleaning solution from the store, just make a simple yet effective one at home. You have two options. Start by mixing a ½ cup of white vinegar and 1½ tablespoons of ammonia and adding it to enough cool water to fill a spray bottle. The other mixture is made by mixing equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle.

Step 3 - Remove the Glass

The next thing you need to do is remove the glass. Be aware that this is not possible with every type of glass fireplace door, so first check if the glass is removable. If the fireplace has a crank handle, use this to open the doors. If the fireplace glass is held by clips, remove these and slide out the glass. If the glass is permanently attached to the frame, do not remove it and instead ask a professional to clean the glass for you.

Step 4 - Use the Correct Cleaning Process

Place a bunch of newspapers under the open doors to catch any liquid from the cleaning solution. This will prevent any damage to the floor or hearth carpet or rug.

Shake the bottle containing the cleaning solution and spray the solution on the doors. Make sure you get it on the entire area. Let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes to let the solution take effect. Then use a nylon scrubber to scrub the more heavily sooted areas. Spray the doors a second time and cover the area again. Next, spray plain water on the doors and using the soft rag, clean it off.

Step 5 - Get Rid of White Residue

There are two things you can do about the white residue that can form on the fireplace glass. One is spraying white vinegar on the glass doors as a last step and cleaning it off with newspapers to remove streaks. The second is using liquid Goo Gone.