A propane fireplace is a great addition to any home. It burns cleanly and provides a warm, radiant heat. However, like anything else in your home it does require routine maintenance and cleaning. Fortunately, cleaning a propane fireplace is easy. If you don't know how to do it, don't fret.
Just follow these five cleaning steps and you'll have a sparkling fireplace in no time:
1. Turn Off The Pilot Light
Before you do any type of cleaning, you'll want to ensure that the unit is off. The best way to ensure that the unit is completely powered off is to extinguish the pilot light. For most propane fireplaces, you can turn the pilot light off by pressing the ignition button—be aware that you may have to press it more than once. If you don't know how to turn off your pilot light, read the manufacturers manual as this may vary from unit to unit.
2. Cool The Unit
One the unit is powered off and the pilot light is off, you'll want to cool the unit. Obviously, trying to clean the unit while it is still hot can be dangerous. So open up the doors to your fireplace and let it cool for a few hours, or until it reaches room temperature.
3. Scrape With a Putty Knife
If there is any buildup on your fireplace, use a putty knife to slough it away. You should use a firm, but light touch to remove the buildup. After all, you don't want to press too hard and cause scratches to the interior of your fireplace. So move slow and use long even strokes to remove any caked on dirt or debris.
4. Use a Vacuum
If you have any loose dirt or debris inside your unit, use a vacuum to remove it. Attach and small attachment to your vacuum and carefully vacuum out the entire fireplace. Be sure that you remove all the dirt and debris you can, as this will make your fireplace safer—and help to avoid fires.
5. Finish With a Sponge
Finally, finish cleaning your fireplace by going over the entire interior with a damp sponge. Do not use soap, but just warm water to finish removing dirt, debris, and grease buildup. When you are done wiping out the fireplace, dry it thoroughly with a cotton towel. If you notice any missed spots, go over them again with a putty knife or damp sponge to finish cleaning.
As you can see, cleaning the interior of a propane fireplace is easy. However, if you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, don't worry. A propane contractor will happily visit your home and clean your fireplaces on a regular basis. Contact a business, such as Gas Production CO Inc, for more information.