2 Ways to Easily Clean Fireplace Glass Doors

If you are not careful, stains from creosote, grime, and soot will soon cover your glass fireplace doors. Just how soon these hideous stains will appear may depend on how often you actually use your fireplace. Cleaning fireplace glass regularly to avoid any dirty deposits forming on the glass is the best way to prevent these unsightly stains, but you first must know how to clean fireplace glass doors properly.

One of the great things about learning how to clean fireplace glass is there are several different methods for cleaning fireplace glass doors that you can use. The biggest difference between the methods used to clean soot stains from fireplace glass is how much elbow grease you put into it.

Commercial Cleaners

Cleaning fireplace glass doors with commercial cleaners is just as easy as it sounds. With the commercial cleaners you simply spray the cleaner on and then wipe it off with a soft dry cloth. Make sure that you have the right commercial cleaner for the job at hand though. Some cleaners are great for removing soot on regular fireplace glass doors, while other cleaners are ideal for using on ceramic glass doors.

Ruthland fireplace glass doors cleaner - best choice

Here at Brick Anew we strongly recommend using Rutland Fireplace Glass Cleaner as it is an approved glass cleaner that can be safely used to clean the glass on fireplace doors to remove soot, dust, and deposits. What makes Rutland stand out from other cleaners is its ammonia free formula, plus they offer three different cleaners to choose from. Other commercial glass cleaners like Windex use an ammonia based formula, which increases the odds of your glass breaking.

Non-Commercial Cleaners

If you are looking for an easy way to clean fireplace glass doors without any chemical liquid what we recommend is using the actual ashes from your fireplace. While cleaning the fireplace glass with ashes from the fireplace might sound odd, it really does work, as long as you have the necessary tools to help with fireplace glass cleaning.

Tools needed:

  • Ashes
  • Water
  • Ash Vacuum
  • Soft Cloths


To start cleaning fireplace glass doors you must first use a dry soft cloth to wipe away any loose soot or dirt. You can also use an ash vacuum with to vacuum away any loose particles. Ash vacuums should always be used when vacuuming up ashes due to their special filter that prevents the ashes from reentering the air.

Grab a new clean soft cloth, dip in water, and squeeze out. The cloth should be moist, not dripping. Dip the moist cloth into some fireplace ashes and the gently rub the stained areas of the glass. Continue dipping and rubbing until the stains are removed.

Once the stains are gone or to check the progress, as it can be hard to tell if the stains have been removed when you are dirtying the glass with ashes, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the glass clean. Once you are done cleaning, dry the glass with another soft cloth.

Learning how to do simple maintenance on the fireplace glass is a win/win situation, as it will keep your fireplace looking nice and extend the life of your doors. Regardless of what method you use to clean fireplace glass, soot, grime, and dirt should always be removed when wearing rubber gloves. Fireplace glass should never be cleaned when hot, as that increases the chance of injury and breakage.

If you are considering replacing your glass doors, consider some replacement fireplace doors from our website. Remember that not all models can get replacement doors, so if your glass gets really bad, you may end up needing to get all new doors!