How To Clean Your Gas Fireplace In 5 Easy Steps

Posted on: 13 March 2015


Cleaning your gas fireplace from time to time will not only ensure it stays looking great, but it can also help to ensure it is running as efficiently as possible. This is because a buildup of dust and debris can cause your gas fireplace to consume more fuel during the combustion process. Thankfully, cleaning this appliance is much easier than many people think. In fact, this maintenance can typically be completed in just five easy steps.

What You Will Need

  • microfiber cloths
  • soft, clean paintbrush
  • warm water
  • white vinegar
  • spray bottle
  • vacuum with hose attachment

Step 1: Turn Off The Gas

Before you begin the cleaning process, you will need to ensure that the gas supply to you furnace is turned off. In order to do this, begin by locating the shutoff valve closest to your fireplace. In order to turn off the gas supply, you will need to turn this shutoff valve until it forms a 90 degree angle with the supply pipe.

Step 2: Clean Glass

Commercial glass cleaners should be avoided when cleaning you fireplace glass as many of these products contain ammonia which can cause your glass to become cloudy when exposed to the heat of your fireplace. Mixing your own glass cleaner is an easy way to avoid this problem

In order to create your glass cleaner, simply mix together one part white vinegar and one part warm water in a clean spray bottle. Shake gently until the ingredients are mixed and you are ready to begin cleaning your glass.

To prevent any glass cleaner from getting on the metal components of you fireplace, you will want to spray your cleaner directly onto you microfiber cloth rather than onto the glass itself. Always clean the outside of the glass door first as this side will typically be much cleaner than the inside of the door. By cleaning the outward facing glass first, you will be able to avoid transferring any soot from the inside of the door to the cleaner area.

Step 3: Vacuum Away Loose Debris

Using your vacuum's hose attachment, clear away any loose debris and cobwebs. While cleaning away this debris, take the time to visually inspect each surface inside the fireplace. This will allow you to identify any signs of damage that will need to be addressed by a professional.

Step 4: Clean Logs And Gas Valve

Carefully remove the logs from you fireplace and place them on an old newspaper or paper towel. These logs will be extremely fragile so be sure to handle with care.

Directly below your fireplace logs you will see the gas valve. Use a clean microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any debris and soot that may have settled on this valve. This will help to significantly improve the energy efficiency of you fireplace.

Before replacing your logs, carefully clean any debris off the logs using a soft paintbrush.

Step 5: Restore Gas

Now that you fireplace is clean, you can safely restore the gas supply to this appliance and resume use.

A Final Thought

The burning of natural gas can be extremely dangerous if the carbon monoxide emissions produced by this combustion are not properly eliminated from your home. Therefore, if you notice any corrosion, rust, or blockages during the cleaning process, it is vital that you immediately discontinue the use of your fireplace and contact a professional contractor like Northwest Chimney Service Inc to inspect the appliance before resuming use. This will allow you to avoid any potential problems with the exhaust system that could put you and your loved ones in danger.