Gas fireplaces have ended the whimsical chimney sweep soot facials we received from shoveling ash and burned embers out of wood-burning fireplaces. The ceramic logs in gas units resemble wood logs, but they are much easier to remove and clean.
Some precautions should be read and followed in the owner’s manual, which is the first step you should take before proceeding to clean your gas logs. Make sure the gas light button is shut off before taking the logs out of your unit.
Follow along for easy-to-learn tips on how to clean gas fireplace logs and how to do it safely.
Even though the gas fireplace logs are not real wood logs, they do give us a little bit of soot to clean because of the combustion of the gas. After you turn the gas or pilot light off, give the logs time to cool off completely if you have just used the fireplace.
Once cooled, take the logs out of the fireplace and place them on an old towel, newspaper or any surface that you are ok with getting dirty and which will protect your floors. Check the owners manual for the correct assembly of the logs or take a photo of the logs before you take them apart if your manual has been misplaced. Not returning the logs to the ordered assembly can result in extra soot and void the warranty if something goes wrong.
Sweep or vacuum the inside of your unit after you remove the logs to get rid of any soot. Never use any harsh cleaning products on your logs or inside of your fireplace, however do refer to the owners manual as there may be certain gas log approved cleaners. Never soak the logs in water or even wipe them down with a wet towel as the materials can become weak, crack or chip off. Using chemicals or soaking the logs in water can also make it difficult to combust or burn dangerous chemical vapors.
Using a brush to remove soot and a small paint brush for tiny crevices is one proper way to clean your logs. Vacuuming with a small brush attachment, if your vacuum has one, to suck the soot up is another option. Even though cleaning the logs should be done about every three months while it is being used, you can vacuum around the logs at any time as long as the unit is off and cool.
There is no need for rough handling when cleaning your gas logs or for using tough bristle scrub brushes at all. Any remaining soot can simply be wiped away by using a soft and dry rag. Only if absolutely necessary, use a small damp rag (emphasis on damp), as the rag must be dipped lightly in lukewarm water which must be squeezed out completely before wiping excess soot away.
After you have vacuumed the main areas in and around your fireplace, using a can of air or a compressor with a PSI no greater than 30 will send a burst of air through the pilot light line to clear it out. Use the compressor to blow dust out of the main burner of the logs as well.
It is recommended that you clean your gas log fireplace every three months while it is being used and have a professional complete an inspection of the main burner and gas lines once a year. Also take a peek at your owner’s manual on occasion, so you will always know how to clean gas fireplace logs.
While we encourage you to refer to your owner’s manual for information and directions on how to clean gas fireplace logs, Emberside staff members are always eager to help our valued customers. Feel free to contact us to get answers to any questions you may have.