Published on January 9th, 2016 | by Henri


Cleaning soot from gas fireplace

Q.  How can I remove fireplace soot from the tile, screen and glass doors in my gas fireplace? I forgot to open the flue vent last winter and all of the interior is covered with a layer of black soot.

A.  Make a solution of mostly ammonia, add a small amount of white vinegar and a little water in a spray bottle and spray it on the soot. Or apply the solution with a clean cloth or paper towels. Let it stand for a few minutes to penetrate the soot. Use paper towels to clean the affected surfaces.

You may have to apply the solution more than once depending on how thick the soot deposits are. You may also need to use a non-scratching scouring pad if the deposits are stubborn.

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