Can I Clean the Gas Logs in My Fireplace?
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One of the great things about having a propane gas fireplace from Parker Gas is that it’s so easy and convenient to use. No more dealing with firewood or waiting forever for the fire to get started. Just push a button and relax!
However, there is some work you need to do to keep your gas fireplace operating properly and safely. One of those tasks is cleaning your gas logs.
How to clean gas logs
It is imperative that you know the proper technique for cleaning gas logs, for safety as well as for performance. Follow these steps to make sure that the job is done right.
- Turn off the pilot light. To deactivate the flames in your gas log system, locate the control valve. This valve, commonly in the form of a dial, is used to ignite the fireplace. By turning the dial to the “off” setting, the burner valve within the system will close, effectively restricting the gas flow and extinguishing the flames. Let the gas logs cool completely if you have been recently using your gas fireplace.
- Take a picture of your gas logs. Gas logs must be arranged in a set way to function properly and safely. By taking a photo before you remove them for cleaning, you can be sure that you put them back as they should be. This is especially important if you no longer have the owner’s manual.
- Remove logs. Place them on newspaper, or an old towel, sheet, or blanket, something you don’t mind getting soot on.
- Inspect gas logs. Check for signs of damage, corrosion, or blockage. If you notice any of those signs, contact Parker Gas for repair or replacement service.
- Clean the logs. Use a clean, dry paint brush or nylon scrub brush to carefully remove soot. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. If you notice soot buildup in small crevices or holes, use a dry paintbrush or cotton swab to remove it. If your owner’s manual indicates you can use water on your gas logs, use a damp cloth that has been wrung out to gently wipe down the logs. DO NOT use harsh cleansers, lots of water, or stiff brushes. Once done, gently wipe the logs with a soft, dry cloth like a cotton dishcloth or microfiber cleaning cloth.
- Clean up soot. Use your vacuum cleaner to pick up soot that has been brushed off the gas logs. This will keep it from spreading around your home.
- Vacuum the fireplace. Use the hose of your vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust and soot in your fireplace.
- Clear soot from the pilot light. Use a compressed air sprayer like those used on keyboards, with pressure no greater than 30 PSI, to carefully clean the pilot and the oxygen depletion sensor. Also use the compressed air sprayer to carefully remove soot out of the main burner.
- Replace gas logs. Set up your fireplace and put gas logs back in proper arrangement. Turn the pilot light back on and make sure the fireplace is functioning properly. If it isn’t, contact Parker Gas for a service call.
With expert propane hearth products from Parker Gas, you can enjoy the cozy comfort of a gas fireplace in your home! Contact us today to get started.