How to Clean & Restore Your Stove: A Step-by-Step Guide

Clean and restore your stove log burner

Stoves and log burners are cherished features in many homes and have increased in popularity over recent years as people look for cheaper alternatives to heating. Wood burning stoves offer warmth and a cosy ambiance during the colder months while keeping heating costs low.

However, to keep them functioning efficiently and looking their best, regular cleaning and maintenance are essential. In this blog, we'll guide you through the process of cleaning and restoring the natural colour of your stove using our Stove Glass & Metal Cleaner and Stove Restorer.

Why is Regular Stove Maintenance Important?

Maintaining your stove isn't just about aesthetics; it's crucial for safety and efficiency. Over time, soot, ash, carbon, and dirt can build up which poses a fire hazard and reduces heating efficiency. Regular cleaning ensures optimal performance and prolongs the life of your stove.

Maintaining Your Stove in the Summer Months

Although we may not be using our stoves as regularly over the warmer months, the summer is actually the perfect time to perform a thorough maintenance check – so you can prepare for the next cold spell. 

Stove maintenance includes:

·        Deep Cleaning: Sweep out all dust and debris and clean the interior as well as the exterior and glass of the stove.

·        Inspection: Check for any signs of rust or wear and tear along with the rope seals.

·        Ventilation: Ensure the area around the stove is well-ventilated to prevent dampness and rust and leave the door slightly open during extended periods of non-use.

·        Restoration: Consider using a product to restore the original colour and look of the stove.

Step 1: Preparation

Ensure your stove is completely cool and gather all necessary cleaning supplies. This includes:

·        Furniture Clinic Stove Care Kit (contains Stove Cleaner, Stove Restorer, and a sponge for application).

·        A small sweeping brush and shovel.

·        Protective gloves and old newspapers (to keep the mess to a minimum!)

·        A clean cloth.

Step 2: Clear Out Ash and Debris

Start by removing any remaining ash and debris from the stove. Use a small shovel to scoop out the bulk of the ash and then sweep away anything remaining. You can help to catch any mess by placing newspapers around the stove.

Stove Cleaning

Step 3: Clean the Interior & Exterior

Once all the debris has been removed, lift out any grates or sections you have in your stove to make cleaning easier. Grab a clean cloth along with Stove Glass & Metal Cleaner and scrub the both the interior & exterior surfaces to remove any soot and dirt that has accumulated over time.

The specially formulated Stove Cleaner effectively breaks down these tough residues, allowing you to clean your whole stove with little effort. Simply spray the cleaner onto the surface and wipe away with a cloth.

For stubborn stains we suggest using a brush or gentle abrasive pad.

Step 4: Clean the Glass

Stove glass can accumulate dirt rapidly, obscuring the view of the flames which is often the most important part of the aesthetic. Using the same Log Burner Glass Cleaner as the previous step, spray onto the glass and then wipe away with a cloth. The cleaner will cut through the dirt and leave the glass looking shiny and new again.

Log burner glass cleaner

Step 5: Polish the Exterior

If you feel like your stove looks slightly worn or would just like to make it look brand new again, then it may benefit from a Metal Polish.

The Stove Restorer included in the Stove Care Kit can take care of this by acting like a stove polish to restore the original colour and shine. An easy-to-use alternative to Stove Paint, simply rub the restorer into the metal by working in small sections, then buff it to a shine with a dry cloth. This not only improves appearance but also provides a protective layer against further wear.

Unlike Stove Paint, Stove Restorer is non-toxic, non-flammable, and is very low odour.

Log burner restorer

Step 6: Final Touches

Once everything is clean and polished, replace any components you removed such as the ash pan. Light a small fire to cure the restorer.

Cleaning out the inside of stove


Stove restored using stove cleaner and restorer


Wood Burning Stove Maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your stove are essential for safety, efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. By following this step-by-step guide and using Furniture Clinic’s specialised products, you can keep your stove in top condition.

We recommend performing maintenance regularly to ensure that your stove performs and looks its best. See our suggested schedule below:

Weekly: Empty the ash pan and wipe down the exterior.

Monthly: Clean the glass and check for any soot or carbon buildup.

Annually: Perform a deep clean and full inspection.