Cleaning a gas log fireplace is surprisingly simple and much easier than a standard wood-burning fixture. If your system is installed properly, then dust will end up being more of a source of dirtiness than soot, for example.
At the same time, you should use caution and care when cleaning your gas fireplace. Always consult your owner’s manual, and ensure that the gas line has been shut off before dismantling any parts or inspecting elements of the gas line system.
For more pointers on how to clean gas logs and have your fireplace looking spick-and-span, read on.
The easiest way to get started cleaning your gas log set is to vacuum or sweep out the areas around the gas log fixture. If you have fireplace lava rocks or filler, you can remove those and set them aside in a plastic bin for later re-use. You can also disassemble the log arrangement to completely vacuum under and around the unit.
Just make sure to consult your manual so that you re-assemble these components properly!
Under no circumstances can you soak your gas logs in water or use a wet towel to wipe them off. Doing this can cause the materials to break down, and it can also lead to incomplete combustion or chemical vapors when your fireplace is turned back on.
Likewise, don’t use any cleaning products or solvents on gas fireplace components that are directly contacted by flames, including the artificial logs themselves. Instead, vacuum them thoroughly to remove loose dust and then wipe them with a dry microfiber cloth to get out any residual dirt or grime.
Once you have vacuumed off the main components of your gas fireplace, you can use compressed air to clear out the internal valves and air inlets. You can consult your manual for advice specific to your unit.
Generally speaking, you should use an air compressor or “canned” air that does not exceed 30 PSI. Gently blow out the airholes for your air intake assembly and the main burner assembly. Clearing these elements not only prevents soot, but it can also discourage incomplete combustion, which leads to carbon monoxide.
During seasons in which your fireplace is in use, you should be cleaning it around once every three months under normal conditions. If your house happens to get dirty more often (kids, amirite?), then you may need to dust or fully clean on a more regular basis.
Always completely clean your fireplace set-up before activating it after several months of non-use.
Also, have the gas lines and burner element assembly inspected at least once a year by a gas supplier professional. If you follow these tips, you should have no problems keeping your gas logs squeaky clean all year round!Make sure you keep track of recommended cleaning and maintenance practices to learn how to clean gas logs for your particular model by consulting our gas fireplace product manuals page.