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How do You Maintain a Sauna?

When people think of a sauna, they’re most likely to be thinking about sweating it out on a cedar bench inside a hot and steamy room. But what most people don’t think about when considering a sauna is the work that needs to be done to keep it clean and properly functioning. That said, it takes a lot less work to maintain a sauna than it does a hot tub, so if you’re looking for a heat-based relaxation chamber that doesn’t require a lot of extra work, a sauna will be your best bet. If you’re asking, “How do you maintain a sauna?” we’ve got the article for you.

Indoor Versus Outdoor Saunas

For quite some time, most saunas have been installed or built into the inside of a house. However, recent years have seen the rise in popularity of outdoor barrel saunas. While the heating principles of these two types of saunas remain the same, because outdoor saunas are exposed to the elements, a little more attention may need to be paid to their exterior. Beyond that, maintenance procedures for both remain exactly the same.

Regular Maintenance Procedures

Because of the high temperatures in a sauna, bacteria and molds cannot easily survive. That said, regular cleaning procedures should still occur. By laying down a towel where you’ll be sitting, you can minimize the risk of any staining of the wood. Wipe down the wood with a sponge and clean water or soak it down with a hose after every use, if possible. The floors should also be swept, mopped, and vacuumed regularly. Vents and rain covers should be removed and disinfected on a monthly basis. The benches should be sanded down with fine sandpaper every year. This will get rid of any stains and impurities that have seeped into the wood. If your sauna uses heating rocks, they should be inspected every year and replaced when necessary.

Additional Outdoor Sauna Maintenance

Outdoor saunas are constantly exposed to the elements. Sunlight, rain, wind, and snow will weather the sauna’s exterior over time, but it’s usually more of a cosmetic effect than anything structural. If you want to slow down this natural weathering, it’s possible to stain the wood with a UV inhibitor. That said, you must make sure to never use any kind of treatment inside the sauna. The last thing you want to be doing is inhaling superheated stain fumes while using the sauna. Keep an eye on any leaks that might occur. Because of the wood contracting and expanding in response to the weather, outdoor saunas are more prone to leakage. You may need to add more wood pieces, known as staves, to plug up any seams.

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