Advice & Tips: Maintaining Your Fireplace
July 31st, 2015
Every year brings its new challenges, and if you’re a homeowner, the list of TO DO’s can be long. If you own a fireplace, we want to ensure that you are in the know when it comes to fireplace maintenance.
Maintaining a fireplace every year can add years to its life. By scheduling routine maintenance, you ensure a safe, warm and efficient fireplace for your family and your home.
One of the product lines we are very proud to represent is VALOR FIREPLACES. Here are some helpful tips from Vancouver’s very own, local brand.
Maintaining Your Fireplace
A fireplace surface, especially the glass viewing window, become extremely hot during operation. At full capacity a Valor gas fireplace can get over 500°F and will remain hot even after the fireplace is turned off for a period of time. All Valor models now come equipped with safety screens, but for an even safer approach we would suggest an aftermarket safety gate to keep toddlers and young children away from the fireplace.
- First and foremost– Read your owner’s manual and follow all instructions and warnings.
- If your fireplace has been on recently– Do not touch any part of the fireplace while it is hot! Let the fireplace cool before cleaning it.
- Mineral white film on glass– Clean the glass regularly if this occurs, if it is left you risk it being etched into the glass. Note that you should NEVER use an abrasive cleaner on the ceramic glass. Use a soft damp cloth to apply the cleaner (recommended cleaners: Brasso, Polish Plus by Kelkem, Cook Top Clean Creme by Elco, White Off by Rutland, Turtle Wax).
- Barrier Screens– All barrier screens can be dusted off with a soft brush.
- Cast Iron– Cast iron parts can be brushed clean, while enamelled cast iron parts can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
- Fireboxes & Burner– Any dust can be brushed from the ceramic logs/rocks and firebox walls after removing the front unit and opening the window. Ensure no particles are brushed into the slots of the burner.
- Glass Beads– Dishwasher safe! Ensure they completely dry when putting back.
- Steel Surrounds & Trims– Mild soap and warm water on cooled surfaces only. Any alcohol/solvent base cleaner will weaken the coating and damage it.
For more information on fireplace safety, maintenance and more please visit the Valor Fireplace Safety page.