For some homeowners, a gas fireplace might be a welcome change from traditional wood burning fireplaces. The key different is the fuel that creates and maintain the fire. With a gas fireplace, there is no need to load fresh wood for a fire. Pieces of artificial wood mimic this look while the actual fire is created by natural gas. While this does cut down a great deal on maintenance, that does not mean that gas fireplaces are maintenance-free.
Things You'll Need
- Stiff brush
- Soft paintbrush
- Vacuum cleaner
- Glass cleaner
Turn the gas valve within your fireplace to the "off" position before doing anything. Wait for everything inside and around the fireplace to cool.
Use a stiff brush to clean dirt from the burner and control compartment of your gas fireplace.
Brush off the artificial wood with a soft paintbrush. Be gentle. It's easy to damage the artificial wood.
Clean up excess dirt you wiped away using the attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
Spray glass cleaner on any glass that's used to close off the gas fireplace. Wipe with a clean cloth.
Open the cap to the chimney and use a flashlight to look inside periodically. If you see any debris, such as leaves, pull them out to prevent an obstruction.
Have your fireplace inspected once a year by a professional who is certified to work with gas fireplaces. Water damage and holes will need to be repaired by a professional, and replacing the fireplace glass or artificial wood should also be done by a certified professional.
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