How to Clean A Wood-Burning Stove's Glass
A wood-burning stove is more than just a source of warmth. Its dancing flames add a captivating charm to any room, providing a cosy ambiance. However, a sooty glass door can significantly diminish this appeal, hiding the mesmerising flames within.
At Stove Industry Supplies, we understand the importance of maintaining a clear view of the fiery ballet that takes place within your stove. In this guide, we'll share simple, effective steps to clean your wood burning stove's glass, ensuring a clear window to the comforting flames inside.
What Causes Dirty Glass in a Wood-Burning Stove?
Of course, it's inevitable that the glass on your wood-burning stove will get dirty over time; it's part of the process. However, understanding why it gets dirty and how to prevent excessive soot and grime can be quite beneficial. Some common causes of dirty glass include:
- Burning unseasoned wood.
- Having a fire that’s not hot enough.
- Placing your logs too far away from the glass.
Implementing a few preventative measures such as burning only seasoned wood, keeping your fire hot and placing logs closer to the glass can help keep the glass cleaner for longer.
Let's now delve into the process of cleaning your wood-burning stove's glass to restore that clear and inviting view into the comforting flames.
Choosing the Best Glass-Cleaning Products
The first step towards cleaning your stove’s glass is selecting the best products for the job. There are several options on the market. Here at Stove Industry Supplies, we recommend any of the following three products:
- A dry wiper.
- Carbon cleaning paste.
- Foam carbon cleaner.
These products are available to purchase directly from our website.
Let’s now explore how to use each of these products to clean your stove glass and return it to its former glory.
How to Clean Your Wood Burning Stove’s Glass
1. Dry Wiper
The dry wiper has a fine wire wool on one side which can be used to easily clean the stove’s glass.
Ensure the stove is completely cooled, then begin by gently rubbing the wire wool side of the dry wiper over the glass in a circular motion, targeting any visible soot or grime. This abrasive action will help to loosen and remove stubborn stains without scratching the glass. As you progress, apply a consistent, gentle pressure to cover the entire glass surface evenly, achieving a clean, streak-free finish. This method is not only effective but also economical, requiring nothing but the dry wiper to restore the clarity and shine of your stove glass.
2. Carbon cleaning paste
The carbon glass-cleaning paste is a mild abrasive paste designed for removing the build-up of soot and carbon deposits from stove glass. The paste’s abrasive but non-scratching formula lifts and dissolves the soot and carbon to leave perfectly clear glass.
To clean the glass, simply add a small amount of paste to a cloth or piece of blue roll, then gently scrub the glass in circular motions to remove the build-up. A damp cloth can then be used to remove any excess paste. For an extra shine, after removing the excess paste with a damp cloth, buff the glass with a dry microfiber cloth. This additional step will enhance the glass's clarity and shine, making your stove look well-maintained and as good as new.
The carbon glass-cleaning paste provides a meticulous clean without much elbow grease, making it a preferred choice for many stove owners.
3. Foam Carbon Cleaner
The foam carbon glass-cleaner is an aerosol product that can be sprayed onto the stove’s glass and wiped off to leave a gleaming finish.
The highly concentrated, fast-acting formula is extremely effective at dissolving and cutting through stubborn carbon deposits, grease and grime without marking the glass. It is up to 20% more effective than other aerosol glass cleaning products on the market.
For the best results, leave the foam on for a few minutes before wiping off with a cloth or blue roll. For an extra shine, use a dry microfiber cloth to complete the job.
Other Things You Might Need
Here are some additional items that could aid you in cleaning your stove’s glass.
Blue Roll or Microfiber Cloth
A piece of blue roll or a microfiber cloth are gentle on the glass surface. They are excellent for wiping away cleaner residue and polishing the glass to a shine.
It's wise to wear rubber gloves during the cleaning process to protect your hands from both dirt and chemicals.
Soft Brush or Sponge
Using a soft brush or sponge can aid in loosening and removing stubborn stains. Their soft texture ensures the glass remains scratch-free during the cleaning process.
Maintaining a clear glass on your wood-burning stove not only enhances the aesthetics but also allows you to enjoy the full experience of a warm, inviting fire. With the right tools, materials and a bit of effort, keeping your stove's glass clean is a breeze.
For all your wood-burning stove needs, from stoves to accessories and cleaning supplies, visit Stove Industry Supplies. Your cosy, comforting fires await!