How to Clean Gas Fire Glass

The glass panels in the viewing doors of most gas fireplaces or heat stoves typically require little maintenance beyond removal of a white-colored film that is a byproduct of burning natural gas. Although a spray window cleaner works well on the viewing glass doors of wood fireplaces and heat stoves, the film that accumulates on gas fire glass is more like the film that accumulates on a car headlight than loose ash. It requires the use of a non-abrasive fireplace glass cleaner cream to polish the film off the glass.


Things You’ll Need

* White fabric
* Non-abrasive fireplace glass cleaner cream
* White microfiber cloths

1. Remove the viewing door(s) or glass panel(s) from your gas fireplace or heat stove. If you don’t know the correct removal method for your specific model, refer to your model’s user manual as removal methods for various models differ.

2. Lay the viewing door(s) or glass panel(s) on a soft, clean piece of white fabric.

3. Squeeze the glass cleaning cream on to a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth and gently rub in circles across the entire surface of the glass.

4. Wait for the cream to dry per the instructions on the glass cleaner packaging and then rub the cleaner off the glass with microfiber cloths. Sweep from side-to-side at first to remove most of the cream and then repeat with a clean cloth in a circular motion until you have removed the cream from all surfaces including the viewing door frame (if applicable).

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 on the opposite side of your door(s) or panel(s).

6. Reassemble your gas fireplace or heat stove.

Tips & Warnings

* If some of the white residue film remains after you rub off the glass cleaner cream, repeat Steps 3 and 4 as it sometimes takes two to three applications of the cream to remove the white film.

* Never clean the glass in the viewing door of your gas fireplace or stove while it’s hot as cold cream or moisture can crack or break the glass.

Article by Irena A. Blake, eHow Contributer