What To Clean Fireplace Glass With and How to?

Fireplaces are the ultimate luxury home appliance during cold seasons to deliver a warm, cozy and comfortable indoor environment.

But what if, just when winter is knocking at your door, you notice that your fireplace is not in proper working condition and the glass has turned black, cloudy, or foggy?

The answer is to clean your fireplace glass correctly by using the right cleaning solution. There are several ways to do so, like- using ashes, newspaper or paper towel, Vinegar solution, or Commercial cleaner.

Let’s learn briefly about all the DIY remedy techniques to clean the fireplace glass instead of calling for professional servicing from today’s article-

What To Clean Fireplace Glass With:

Let’s have a brief knowledge about all the effective ways to clean your fireplace glass-

METHOD- 1: Using A Razor Blade & Microfiber Cloth

If you ever notice that a thick layer of grime or a heavy amount of soot and residue has covered your fireplace glass, this method can be your go-to way of cleaning them out of the way.

Required Materials:

All materials you will need to apply this technique:

  • Razor blade (1 piece)
  • Microfiber Cloth (1 piece)
  • Water
  • How To:

Have a brief look at what you need to do now-

  • First, carefully hold the razor blade at a 40° or 45° angle.
  • Now push the blade alongside the glass surface to peel all the black residue off.
    But be very careful not to press the blade too hard on the glass surface and scratch it.
  • Start by removing the top thickest layer of soot residue, and once you have removed all the thick layers, dampen the microfiber cloth or towel with water to wipe the glass.

Safety Tip:

Since Razor blades are sharp and can easily cause cuts during the work process, wear a working or thick protective hand glove instead of using bare hands.

METHOD- 2: Using Wet Newspaper & Ashes

Another easiest yet most cost-effective technique of removing the heavy amount of build-up soot and other residue is to use the build-up fireplace ashes.

You can literally make good use of all byproducts left from your fireplace to clean up your fireplace glass door because Ashes are surprisingly a good remedy cleaner for glass surfaces.

Required Materials:

Now, have a glance at all the required supplies you will have to use:

  1. Build up Ashes left by your fireplace fire burning
    1. Old Newspaper
    1. Paper towels Or Cloth
    1. Water
  2. How To:

Have a brief look at what you need to do now to clean the fireplace glass-

  • You can either use a piece of cloth, paper towel, or old newspaper and wet it with water.
  • Then, dab the wet newspaper or cloth in the fireplace ash.
  • Now, start scrubbing with that newspaper or cloth piece on the glass surface in a circular motion.
  • Eventually, you will notice that it is making a difference, and the soot residues removing little by little. So, keep continuing the scrubbing until all the remaining soot is gone.

Safety Tip:

Although I have not mentioned it earlier, you should wear a protective mask like the N95 face mask to avoid inhaling ashes.

METHOD- 3: Using A Vinegar Solution

Vinegar works well to cut through soot residue and is perfect for cleaning almost all surfaces including fireplace glass doors. You can either directly use virgin vinegar mixed with normal water or mix the vinegar with a little ammonia or rubbing alcohol.

For better results, you can create a vinegar solution just like I will be explaining here below-

Required Materials:

You will need the following ingredients:

  1. Vinegar (1 Cup)
    1. Warm water (3 Cups)
    1. Cloth
    1. Optional ingredients (Ammonia, Corn starch, Or Rubbing alcohol)
    1. Empty spray bottle

Now, mix the vinegar, warm water with 1 tablespoon of any of the additional cleaning ingredients and put the mixture in the spray bottle.

  • How To:

Now simply follow the below instructions to apply it-

  • First, you can either directly spray the solution on the glass or dip a cloth in the vinegar solution and rub it on the glass.
  • Now let the vinegar solution sit on the glass for a minimum of 30 seconds.
  • With a wet cloth scrub the glass thoroughly and continue until all stuck residue is cleaned.
  • When the scrubbing is done, carefully rinse the glass to wash off the remaining vinegar solution.

Safety Tip:

Do not let the solution get in contact with your skin or eyes. To make the solution more powerful, you can add 1 quarter cup of rubbing alcohol.

METHOD- 4: Using Magic Erasers

Magic eraser sponge cleans the stubborn residue out of the way without creating any mess. It is one of the best DIY ways to regularly clean your fireplace glass without removing it from its location.

Required Materials:

Let’s have a glance at all required items to apply this method:

  1. Magic eraser sponge (1 packet)
    1. Water
    1. Cloth (1 piece)
  2. How To:

Applying these magic sponges is pretty simple, and all you need to do is wet a piece in the water, squeeze it. Then, carefully wipe that sponge on the glass surface and rub thoroughly to cover the entire area to clean off all the build-up residues.

You might need to use a few sponges if the layers are thicker and finish the task by using a cloth to rinse the glass with water.

If you are interested in using a magic eraser sponge, I highly recommend choosing a heavy-duty option like the Oh My Clean (25 Pack) Extra Durable Eraser Sponge.

METHOD- 5: Using Commercial Cleaner

If you want to go for a commercial cleaner to clean your fireplace glass, you can do that too. The best part of this technique is, it does not require any extra prep either.

Required Materials:

Let’s have a look at what you need for this method-

  1. Fireplace Glass Cleaner Or Oven Cleaner
    1. Cloth Or Sponge
    1. Water
  2. How To:

Just follow the below instructions-

  • For using Oven cleaners like the Easy-Off Professional Oven & Grill Cleaner, you should first ensure that the fireplace glass is cool before you start the cleaning.
    You can directly spray it and wait for at least 30 seconds to let it set properly. Then, you can either use a wet sponge or a cloth to clean it off.
  • For using Fireplace glass cleaners like the Rutland Products Rutland 1/2-Pint White-Off Glass Cleaner, make sure the glass is cooled enough to proceed further.
    Then, spray the cleaner thoroughly on the glass surface and use a sponge or piece of cloth to rub vigorously. Lastly, use a clean cloth to wipe off the glass.

Do You Need To Prep Before Cleaning The fireplace Glass?

Yes, you should at least wait 12 hours from the last time you used your fireplace before processing any cleaning task.

Also, cover the surrounding floor area, nearby furniture, and decorative items with drop sheets.

If your fireplace glass door is easier to remove, you should because it makes the task much easier and more comfortable.

Remember to put towels or drop cloths under your fireplace glass to keep the mess contained.

Besides that, you should put on old clothes, protective eyewear, a face mask, and full-length hand gloves to ensure your safety.


To enjoy the luxury of having a fireplace for a longer period, you also need to take care of its regular and scheduled maintenances.

In today’s article, I tried to address all the easy DIY methods of cleaning your fireplace glass when it gets covered heavily with soot and other grime residues.

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