Generally, propane fireplaces burn soot-free. However, if your propane fireplace is accumulating dirt or dust, these items may be burning and releasing carbon, which can lead to a sooty buildup in the fireplace. If you see a black, sooty film in or on your propane fireplace, clean it right away before it gets worse.
Things You'll Need
- Hand broom
- Non-ammonia cleaner
- Cleaning rags
- Scrub brush
Turn off the gas. You should never clean an active or hot propane fireplace.
Sweep out the area. This will remove any debris in the area and make it easier to clean. When you are done, the fireplace should be swept clean and there should be no large items in the fireplace area.
Spray the cleaning rag with the non-ammonia cleaner. Saturate the cloth.
Wipe down any glass areas. This is where dust and soot are most likely to accumulate.
Clean out the burner ports. Use the cleaning rag and the solution to remove any dark, sooty material or other debris. Switch to a new cleaning cloth if necessary if the original one gets too dirty.
Scrub the mortar with a dry brush. It is unlikely that there will be sooty buildup on the mortar or bricks, since these fireplaces burn so cleanly. However, buildup can be removed, if necessary, using a dry scrub brush and then sweeping out the residue that falls to the ground.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear gloves during the cleaning process. Sometimes fireplaces can get pretty dirty, so keeping your hands clean and protected will make the job easier.
- Always make sure the gas is turned off before you start cleaning a propane fireplace.
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