Gas fires are a domestic delight, providing heat, light and a beautiful feature in any room. When maintained properly, the fireplace can be an elegant and beautiful focal point of a living space. If they are left to fall into disrepair, or even if they accumulate a layer of dust, they can be an eyesore that drags the whole aesthetic of the room down.
Gas fires can even become a safety hazard if not cleaned regularly. Hemsworth Fireplaces are Wakefield gas fire experts with five top tips on how to ensure your gas fire will be the gleaming centre-point of the room.
- Cut It Off
The first step to cleaning a gas fire is to cut everything off. Turn off the gas supply to the appliance to ensure that it is not accidentally turned on whilst cleaning, and ensure that the fire has been out for a significant amount of time before attempting any of the following cleaning tips.
- Get The Vacuum Out
Examine the burner and control area, after removing pebbles, logs and any other decorative items that might be inside the fireplace. If there is dust or debris settling on the burner or control area, vacuum it away with the hose attachment. Spider webs also often form in fireplaces; these can be vacuumed away easily and quickly.
- Get Arty
Use a small, supple paint brush to remove any dirt or dust from logs and pebbles that reside in the fireplace. These are often fragile, so make sure to use a brush with soft bristles. Visible corrosion and damage will be visible at this point, so if you happen to find any, notify a professional and do not turn the fireplace back on until it is fixed.
- Clean Glass
The glass of a gas fire will need regular maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. Using window cleaner, apply to a dry cloth and clean the glass surrounding the fire. Spraying the glass directly with the window cleaner can cause overspray and backspray, which could land onto other parts of the fireplace and end up causing corrosion. As the outside of the fireplace is likely to be cleaner than the inside, start outside and work your way. This prevents soot and build-up being removed from the inside of the fireplace only to be smudged around the outside.
- Finish Up
Using a clean, damp cloth without any abrasive or corrosive cleaners, wipe the outside of the fireplace. Whether it is brass, marble, gold or some other material, do not use any harsh cleaners. If there are stubborn stains, do not be tempted to turn to harder cleaners; with a proper cleaning schedule, these stains will ease and eventually disappear over time.