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How to Clean a Glass Flame Guard

Typically, cleaning the flame guard for your fire pit or fire table will be easier than cleaning glass doors on a fireplace. Often, you will already have cleaning materials on hand. As is the case with many things, frequency is the key to success.

If you experience a windy evening around the fire table, you may notice some black sooting on the glass wind guard. It can be unsightly to some, while others may not give it much notice. However, it’s important not to let the soot hang around too long or it may become harder to remove.

In some areas, perhaps birds are a problem, or maybe there is a lot of dust and pollen where you live. Regardless of the deposit, it’s important to maintain your glass wind guard for optimal viewing pleasure.

4 Methods for Cleaning a Glass Wind Guard

  1. Let nature clean it for you.  Leaving your glass wind guard out during a rainy day often does the job.  Rainwater leaves your glass clean and free of watermarks because unlike tap water, there are no minerals in the water to leave marks behind.
  1. Glass cleaner and Newspaper.  If you clean the glass as soon as you notice that it’s dirty (after the glass has cooled), you may only need a paper towel or newspaper and a splash of Windex. The dirt or soot should clean off easily. 
  1. Vinegar. However, if you find the soot to be a little stubborn, try a vinegar/water solution. You shouldn’t need a lot of liquid, so start with 1 cup warm water and 1/3 cup vinegar. (Some online cleaning recipes include a touch of ammonia, but you won’t likely need that.)
  1. Commercial cleaners. If the black soot doesn’t respond to this type of persuasion, you might want to take it a step further. Depending on how severe the blackening or staining of the glass flame guard is, you may want to invest in something a little stronger such as Rutland’s Glass Cleaner. This works wonders on glass fireplace doors. (Be sure to read the directions first, many of these types of cleaners need to be used on cool glass.)

Frequent Cleaning Prevents Buildup

Just like with the upkeep of an oven, it’s important to stay on top of the cleaning.  Not only will it allow the beauty of your glass flame guard to shine, but it will also require less elbow grease down the line to get it clean.

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If you find another method for cleaning flame guards you’d like to share, please contact us. We always love to hear from our customers—not only about what isn’t working for them but also about the things that do.

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