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After a season’s worth of fires, your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert is probably showing signs of wear. Glass doors can get grimy, logs can collect dust, and dirt and debris can block blowers and burners. Left unchecked, this can begin to inhibit the function of your fireplace. To keep your gas fireplace looking great and working efficiently, you should be cleaning your fireplace regularly. Here’s a step-by-step guide to keeping your gas fireplace or insert in tip-top shape. For more details on your specific fireplace or fireplace insert, be sure to check your owner’s manual before you proceed.

Step 1: Turn off the gas.

Turn off the gas to your fireplace or insert to keep yourself safe and avoid any gas leaks during cleaning.

Step 2: Remove the ceramic logs.

If your gas fireplace or insert is fitted with ceramic logs, they likely can be removed and cleaned separately. This will make it much easier to clean the burners and other portions of your fireplace’s interior. To be sure that the logs are removable, and to discover how to remove them properly, consult your fireplace’s manual.

Step 3: Vacuum debris out of the firebox.

The first step to a clean fireplace is using your vacuum hose to clear away any obvious dust and debris. Be sure to get into the nooks and crannies of your fireplace with the hose to ensure that debris doesn’t have a chance to build up in the hard-to-reach portions of your fireplace.

Step 4: Scrub any difficult debris.

If there are any portions of your gas fireplace that are caked with more stubborn stains, you can gently scrub the stain with a soft cleaning brush.

Step 5: Clean fireplace doors.

The doors to your gas fireplace are often to show a buildup of dirt. You should be regularly cleaning the exterior glass doors with a non-ammonia cleaner, or preferably a cleaner that’s specifically made for fireplace maintenance. While you’re cleaning the interior of the fireplace, take the time to clean dirt away from the interior of the glass doors.

Step 6: Give the burners one additional cleaning.

For your gas fireplace to function properly, the burners have to be clean and clear of dirt or debris. That’s why you should end your fireplace cleaning with one final vacuuming of the burners, just in case any dust or debris has landed on or near the burners during your cleaning.

Once you’ve finished cleaning your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert, put the logs back in place, close the doors and turn the gas back on. On top of your DIY gas fireplace cleaning, your gas fireplace or gas fireplace insert should be cleaned and inspected at least once per year by a certified chimney sweep. If your gas fireplace is due for a professional cleaning, or if you’re not daring enough to clean it yourself, you can call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your gas fireplace cleaning and inspection today!