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That little bit of glass has been there for every romantic dinner and quick breakfast. Here's how to thank (clean) it

How To Clean Wood Burner Glass

Picture the scene: You're snuggled up with your partner, watching the fire – it's so romantic. And we know what romantically watching the fire leads to… romantically cleaning the fireplace glass together! Cleaning the glass on the log burner is one of those jobs that requires a bit of hard work, but the results can be amazing (and atmospheric).  

The great news is that the best way to clean wood burner glass is very straightforward, and requires only a handful of items you may already have around the house. If you’d like to know how to keep wood burner glass clean, this step-by-step guide will help make the process quick and easy. 


If you want to know how to keep wood burner glass clean between washes, simply wipe it with a piece of moistened kitchen paper that’s strong when wet (like Plenty Flexisheets) after every use. Just make sure the glass is cool before you touch it!

How to clean a wood-burning stove - preparation 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty and teach you how to clean wood stove glass, let’s first tackle the gritty itself. Here are some simple steps to prep your stove for a sparkling clean: 

  • Begin by ensuring the glass is cool to the touch—unless you fancy a quick lesson in thermal physics and personal safety, cold glass is your friend here. 
  • Next, channel your inner chimney sweep. Not a job you ever thought you’d have? Think again! Scrape out the layers of soot and dirt that have settled at the base of your stove. Keep a scoop of this gritty trophy to the side; we'll revisit this souvenir of soot soon. 
  • Now, grab a stiff brush. It's time to tackle any stubborn debris clinging to life within your stove. Scrub vigorously, free those particles from their smoky den, and set the stage for the upcoming sparkle. 

Have you looked in the mirror, only to find a monochromatic, ashen version of yourself looking back? Allow yourself a little giggle. Your foray into the life of a Victorian chimney sweeper was only temporary, and you wore those paint-flecked, DIY job joggers for a reason. Just remember: in an hour you'll be your bright colourful self, cosied up to the hearty hearth of your fire! 

Cleaning glass on a log burner using ash 

We’ve mentioned leaving some of the ash on the side, and here’s how you can use it for cleaning glass on log burner inserts. Of course, you can use the manufacturer’s glass cleaner, but this is the natural way of doing the job. Be prepared for a little hard work and plenty of scrubbing though! Here are the steps for using ash to clean glass on a log burner: 

  • Wipe away loose ash and soot from the glass. 
  • Take your bowl of ash and add water until it forms a paste. 
  • Dip a microfibre cloth into the ash. 
  • Rub the glass with the ash in a circular motion and gradually, the marks will start to fade. 
  • Repeat the process until you’re happy with the results. 

How to clean wood burner glass with vinegar 

If you’re looking for the best way to clean wood burner glass without using a chemical spray, a combination of vinegar and water can work wonders for a smart finish. After you’ve worked on the glass with your ash cleaner, you can use the vinegar to remove streaks and make the glass shine. Here’s how to clean a wood-burning stove with vinegar: 

  1. Begin by wiping away any leftover residue or haze on the glass with a damp cloth, and then wipe with a strong and absorbent Plenty kitchen towel. 
  2. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water and pour into a spray bottle. 
  3. Spray the solution over the glass and gently polish it with your kitchen towel. 
  4. Give it a final once-over with the towel and you should be able to see your face in the glass. Lovely.  


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How to clean wood burner glass with bicarbonate of soda 

Another effective way to clean fireplace glass is to use bicarbonate of soda. Baking soda has impressive bleaching capabilities, making it a go-to option for effectively cleaning a wide range of household appliances. 

Here’s what you’ll need for cleaning glass on the log burner using bicarbonate of soda: 

  • A scrubbing brush 
  • Warm water 
  • Damp paper towels 
  • A rag or towel 
  • Bicarbonate of soda 
  • Rubber gloves 

This cleaning technique proves particularly effective at eliminating stubborn stains and difficult spots from glass doors. Here’s how to clean a wood stove with bicarbonate of soda: 

  1. Given that baking soda can be irritating on the skin, especially on cuts and wounds, it's important to always wear protective clothing, like gloves. Additionally, place old rags or towels in the surrounding area to prevent any furniture damage or mess. And if those old rags were a birthday present from a loved one many cosy fires ago, and are now strewn in ashen piles about the place, we recommend not letting them see! 
  2. Next, prepare the solution by combining water and baking soda to form a thick paste. Get mixing! 
  3. Apply the paste onto the glass door using a scrubbing brush, using circular motions to scrub away the soot stains. You might need to do this a few times before you get your results; who said an impromptu arm workout was a bad thing? 
  4. Once finished, wipe off the paste residue using damp paper towels.
  5. Finally, use a dry microfibre cloth or some more paper towels to ensure the doors are thoroughly dried. 

FAQs on how to clean wood burner glass 

  • Do I have to wait for the glass to cool down? 

Yes, you should definitely wait for the glass to cool down before you start cleaning. General guidelines to follow are to turn off the fireplace and leave it for at least 24 hours before you start cleaning the glass, to ensure there are no embers or smouldering ashes. Trust us, it’s worth waiting! 

  • Can I use window cleaner on wood burner glass? 

The short answer is no. Cleaning fireplace glass doors is quite different to cleaning windows or other glass doors, as they require a special cleaner. Since window cleaners are meant for normal glass, they can't tackle the same level of grime, ash and soot properly. However, if you have used standard window cleaners in the past, it's not a problem! It's just not as effective. 

  • How do I clean a cloudy-looking wood burner glass? 

Use a cloth or a towel and give your glass a wipe down with a special stove glass cleaner. Alternatively, the ash solution mentioned earlier in the article should help reduce the clouding on the glass as well.  

  • How often should I clean the wood burner glass? 

This depends on how often you use the fireplace, but it’s best not to leave it too long between each clean as the more that soot builds up over time, the harder it is to clean. This can be helped by positioning the wood as far away from the glass as possible. A safe bet is every 3-4 weeks, or a little more often than that during winter. 

Now you know how to clean wood stove glass you can give these methods a try and enjoy watching your fire do its thing! 

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