All ready to curl up by the fireplace with a glass of mulled wine for a romantic evening? And then completely turned off by the filth and soot that has blackened the glass doors of your fireplace? Never fear, your romantic evening can be salvaged -- just take our quiz and learn how to clean your glass fireplace doors.
An advantage of glass fireplace doors is that warm air won't escape up the chimney and smoke won't escape from the fireplace.
To clean your fireplace doors, you will need a specialized product and some paper towels.
The product's texture is paste like, a bit like car wax. Apply it to the paper towel in circular motions.
Leave the cleaner on for several seconds, then wipe it off with paper towels or a soft cloth.
Using leftover ash is also an effective way to remove stubborn soot. Dip a damp paper towel or rag into some soot and rub.
It is your choice whether to remove the glass doors -- it will make cleaning easier, but there is a risk you will break them. If they are attached with metal clips they are easier to remove; screws are more complicated.
The safest time to clean the doors is when they are cool. Cleaner is also most effective on cool glass.
Regular cleaning is best, so that the soot doesn't get burned on. In the winter, try to clean the doors every couple of weeks.
You can always get tinted doors to hide the appearance of soot.
Soot is usually made of carbon, which explains why it is so stubborn and difficult to remove.