Cleaning Glass Doors on a Wood Stove

A contained fire creates soot and grimy film on the window of a stove. This guide is about cleaning glass doors on a wood stove.

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November 21, 2007 Flag
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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.

Julie

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful
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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!

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful
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We use newspaper dampened, then dipped in the ashes, to scrub the window. Works great.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful
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Oven cleaner and a fine steel wool. It will clean and polish the glass.

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful
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I use biodegradable Pink Solution. Google pink solution and see where it is available in your area. I use it for so many things.

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January 6, 2007 Flag

How do you clean the soot off the window of a wood fireplace?

Louise from Nipawin, SK, Canada

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January 7, 20070 found this helpful
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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!

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January 9, 20070 found this helpful
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All I use is the Magic Eraser... no chemicals or cleaners needed :) This also works for soap scum on shower doors!

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January 9, 20070 found this helpful
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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.

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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December 9, 2004 Flag
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I'm looking for a safe, inexpensive, possibly eco-friendly solution for cleaning my glass fire place doors. Ellowyn, WV

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November 25, 20070 found this helpful
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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.

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February 23, 20080 found this helpful

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!

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

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!

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December 1, 20080 found this helpful

Sounds crazy, works great!

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December 12, 2007 Flag
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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

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December 12, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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