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We use our fireplace a lot. The inside glass doors to the fireplace have that thick dirty film on them from so many fires. I don't want to scrape the glass with a blade because I don't want it to have scratches on them. Has anyone had this problem of cleaning theirs and found a good way to get them at least almost like new to see through again? My elbow grease and cleaners like Windex, detergent, are just not cutting it! Would appreciate your help. With the holidays here I would like to have them look nice and be able to see the fire when the doors are closed.
We have the same problem on our fireplace door. I found a product called Glass Cleaner (not very original I know but that's really the name!). We got it at the fireplace store where they sell wood stoves and accessories. It's magic! You spray it on a glass door, wait a few minutes and just wipe off. You may need to do it a couple of times but it WILL remove all the black crud.
Try a mix of baking soda and water; make a thick paste. That's what I use to get camping pots and pans clean. You have to rinse a lot to remove the white residue.
A magic eraser will work. So will the liquid cleaner for glass top ranges. In addition, I have used a razor and never made a scratch. Be sure to use the flat ones made for scraping (rather than a box cutter). Held at the proper angle, it's like magic!
We use newspaper dampened, then dipped in the ashes, to scrub the window. Works great.
Oven cleaner and a fine steel wool. It will clean and polish the glass.
I use biodegradable Pink Solution. Google pink solution and see where it is available in your area. I use it for so many things.
Going with the old saying"fight fire with fire", use an old rag and dip it in the ashes from the ash box and rub the glass with it. Your window will sparkle.
We used to use ammonia (straight from bottle) on ours and it worked great and is cheap-but stinks!
Ashes work great on our glass doors. Dip damp rag in ashes and rub glass til clean. Wipe clean with a second damp clean rag and dry with crumbled news paper.
I have a coal stoker stove that I use to heat my house. Each year I have to replace the glass window so I can see that the stove is burining properly. The glass window obiviously gets dirty, but is appears to be impossible to clean back to the orginial clarity. I was instructed to use a silicone stove glass cleaner by the dealer, but it does not clean the glass and I think it may add to the problem. I would like to know if anyone has found a solution to this problem of cleaning the glass window.
How do you clean the soot off the window of a wood fireplace?
Louise from Nipawin, SK, Canada
For years I have been cleaning my fireplace glass with "Bon Ami" and have no scratches after many years. Just warm water, Bon Ami, and a little elbow grease!
All I use is the Magic Eraser... no chemicals or cleaners needed :) This also works for soap scum on shower doors!
At Linens-N-Things I found "Ceramic Glass Appliance Cleaner" - I think it's supposed to be fore ceramic cook tops. It's $3.99 for a bottle and works like a dream w/ just a paper towel. I've also actually used a straight edge razor if it's caked on really badly and nothing works.
This is how I did it for years. Crumple a page or two of newspaper. Run some water over it while holding it under the faucet - keeping some of it dry. Dab the wet newspaper in the ashes and rub it on the glass. Repeating until the glass is clear enough to wipe it up with glass cleaner.
I've used a combination of vinegar, ammonia, and water sprayed on and left for several minutes, sprayed again and then use clean paper towels to wipe. If that doesn't work, use oven cleaner, being VERY careful NOT to get any on brass or metal on the doors. It will take the finish off the metal also. After removing the oven cleaner and rinsing carefully, use window cleaner to make it sparkle.
You can clean soot off the candle jars with a used clothing dryer sheet. Why not try it on the fireplace glass?
I use damped (with plain water) paper towels (actually several layers of damp paper towels if the glass is hot) dip the damp paper towels into wood ashes and scrub the glass.Clean white residue streaks with a clean damp paper towel. I know it sounds crazy but its cheap and it works. It does work better though if the glass is fairly hot when you clean it, but be careful not to burn yourself with steam from the wet paper towel. It also is helpful to lay down newspaper or something under the door (my glass is in a woodburner door) to catch any dirt that drops.
I'm looking for a safe, inexpensive, possibly eco-friendly solution for cleaning my glass fire place doors. Ellowyn, WV
Simple, no cost. Take damp newspaper and dip in cold wood ashes. Rub on glass until creosote and film comes off. Repeat as needed; finish with window cleaner. Works better than any thing I buy.
I just tried cleaning my glass doors with newspaper in cold water and I used the wood ashes with it. The build up came right off. That was a great idea!
I just tried using the ashes to clean my doors and am amazed. The build up comes right off. Easier and faster than using a razor blade, which I tried 2 years ago, last time I attempted to clean. Thanks for the tip!
Sounds crazy, works great!
Does anyone have a home remedy to keep that yucky black soot from building up on fireplace and wood stove glass doors?
butterfly11h from Lebanon, MO
A thin coat of soap will keep it from building up and makes for easy cleaning
I don't know how to keep it from building up, but I have found a great way to remove it.
I use a product marketed for laundry stain removal called Soilove. You can purchase at www.soapsgonebuy.com
Hope this helps, it really works like a charm. Spray on and wipe with paper towels.