How to Clean Your Fireplace Glass




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Your wood stove or fireplace insert glass can often have a grey or black film over it.This film can often seem 'baked on' and very difficult to remove. While your first reaction may be to grab a wire brush or some harsh chemical cleaners, you don't want to damage your expensive fireplace glass or create a fire hazard. Your best bet for cleaning your glass are things you have right near your fireplace: water, ash and newspaper.

Step 1: Be Safe!

WARNING: Before you begin cleaning your fireplace glass, make sure that your fireplace insert or stove has no smoldering ash. Remember that coals can remain hot for up to 48 hours.

Step 2: Items You Will Need

To clean your fireplace or wood stove glass, get some newspaper (I prefer the non-colored kind), some regular tap water in a pan or bowl, water spray bottle and some paper towels. Then make sure you have your secret ingredient ready: ash from your fireplace.

Step 3: Get to Work!

Fold or crumple your newspaper, dip it in the water and then in the ash. You just need to moisten the newspaper a bit (just damp) and you just need a little ash to stick to the wet newspaper.

Step 4: Scrub Scrub Scrub

Take your dampened newspaper with ash and begin gently rubbing the item on the inside of your fireplace glass. I prefer a circular motion as I find it loosens the soot quicker. You will notice as you clean, your newspaper will turn black and become dirty. Discard that piece of newspaper and get some more, dip it in the water then ash, and repeat as needed. In short order, you will have removed the majority of the 'baked on' soot, and you'll have just a bit left on your glass.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Spray some of the water on the glass and wipe off with a paper towel. Repeat until the paper towels have no black residue, then dry with a clean paper towel.

Step 6: Sit Back and Enjoy!

Look at the clear new glass! You deserve a nice glass of wine by the fire!



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    7 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Ash!! who knew?

    Thank you for this post :)


    2 years ago

    Lysol wipes will clean the glass instantly! Wipe the glass clean and then use regular glass cleaner to remove the Lysol residue or the next time you light the fireplace the smoke will adhere to the glass again.


    2 years ago

    Thanks for the Instructable. Worked great on our double sided fireplace.


    2 years ago

    You can clean it with just damp newspaper


    2 years ago

    I didn't know newspaper was good for cleaning like this! That's neat :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Newspaper is a great all around glass cleaner. Many old school auto detailers swear by it. You can use it with your favourite Windex like substance to clean auto glass, home windows, mirrors, glass shower doors, etc.

    Alex in NZ

    2 years ago

    Great tip. Good clear photographs too. Thank you :-)