Home Saunas Maintenance
There is generally very little maintenance involved with a home
sauna. Discoloration can be caused by perspiration, but the high
heat of the unit will remove any moisture buildup by the time the
Regular sauna maintenance is similar to maintaining any other area
of the home. The unit should be swept or vacuumed every few days to
keep it free from dust and hair, it should also be washed with soap
and water to keep the seats and walls clean. Harsh chemical cleaners
should not be used in a sauna because the residue from the cleaner
may be released when the sauna is in use causing odor and possibly
Caring for the Wood
Towels should be available for bathers to sit on to help protect the
benches from perspiration. This will keep the wood in good condition
but it will still require cleaning every few months. A mild
detergent should be used to wash the wood and rinse it with clear
water after. Ammonia based cleaners must be avoided as they may
cause the wood to turn grey.
If the wood becomes discolored, it can be sanded to remove the
stains. Another option is to wash the wood with a mixture of oxalic
acid and trisodium phosphate to remove stains. These chemicals are
poisonous and should be handled with care. They should also be mixed
with water in a non-metal container. Rubber gloves and goggles
should be worn while mixing and using the chemicals. The chemical
should be rinsed off the wood with clear water.
The wooden door of the sauna may swell due to high humidity. The
hinges of the door can be adjusted to stop the rubbing or if that
doesn't work the door can be sanded or planed. Mark the location of
the stick with a pencil and remove the door from the frame. If a
large amount of wood must be removed it is more efficient to use a
wood plan than a sander.
Caring for the Heater
An electric heater requires little to no maintenance. The stainless
steel surface should be wiped clean but other than this the heater
shouldn't need any other care. A soft cloth and mild detergent will
sufficiently clean the unit. Steel wool should not be used because
it will scratch the finish and cause rusting if some of the steel
particles are left behind. An electrician should be called if the
unit stops working as it is not safe to attempt to do electrical
repairs without the proper education.
A wood burning unit will require more maintenance. The ashes need to
be removed on a regular basis and the chimney must be kept free of
obstructions. Be careful of creosote build up in the chimney as it
can be a fire hazard. The chimney should be inspected regularly to
ensure the safety of the unit. A professional chimney sweep should
be hired to remove excess creosote if it becomes a problem.
Sauna stones should be inspected regularly to ensure they are not
cracking. Sauna stones should be replaced occasionally because of
the high stress they endure with the constant heating and cooling.
Stones with a rough surface should be used because they release
steam faster. The most popular types of stones are peridotite and
olivine. They can be found in any sauna supply store.
Occasionally sauna stones will give off a foul odor requiring
replacement. This could happen with new stones but shouldn't be a
problem with stones that have been in use for a while.
Home saunas are quite easy to maintain and require less work than
most bathrooms. A sauna is one of the most carefree areas of the
home. Maintenance should not be an area of worry with a sauna.
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