Barrel Sauna Maintenance

Here are a few helpful and easy tips on freshening up your sauna and keeping it clean, healthy, and looking sharp.

Cleaning Exterior of Outdoor Saunas

If you have an outdoor barrel sauna, start with the external. The lumber we use in our outdoor saunas is beautiful solid wood that is made to last. However, over time the wood will weather due to sunlight and outside moisture. This will not harm your sauna, but if you would like to get that shiny new sauna look back here are a few suggestions:

  1. Low-pressure wash the outside of your sauna. Fall and Springtime inspires a lot of people to get outside and get busy, which means right now is a great time to channel that productive energy into cleaning up your outside sauna. Whether you have had your sauna for 6 months or 6 years, pressure washing the interior and exterior is a wonderful way to bring back some of its original red cedar coloring. Use the low-pressure, wide-patterned wash setting on the inside and outside of the sauna to remove stains and restore the look of the red cedar.
  2. Apply a stain to the exterior that contains a UV inhibitor. The lumber used for the outside saunas is functional and beautiful. Over time the wood will weather due to sunlight and precipitation, and if you are okay with that, there’s no need to do anything about it. We do recommend that you get a UV inhibitor to resist the effects of sunlight over time. Cedar wood will start to turn grey 6-12 months after having your sauna up, and a UV inhibitor will help keep the natural beauty of your cedar wood over time.

If you decide to stain the exterior of your sauna, here are some tips to keep in mind:

There are many suitable stains you could use, and your local paint store could probably recommend one.

NEVER TREAT THE INTERIOR OF THE SAUNA

NEVER USE VARNISH OR PAINT ON THE EXTERIOR

Cleaning Interior of Outdoor Saunas

For indoor saunas, simply wipe down the exterior of your sauna with a dust cloth or a wet cloth to remove any dust that might build up throughout the week.

It’s important to keep the inside of your sauna looking tidy and neat, even if it’s only for your own peace of mind. If you want your sauna to be a space of uncluttered peace and rest, follow these instructions:

  1. Vacuum or sweep away any loose dirt, dust, or outside debris.
  2. Use warm water to lightly scrub the wooden benches. Lemon essential oil is also a lovely addition to this mild solution. Add a few drops and enjoy the antibacterial effects and lovely scent.
  3. For tougher stains, use fine grit sandpaper.
  4. Sitting on a towel in your sauna is another option to keep the benches clean of sweat and body oils.

Further maintenance:

Periodically check your sauna stones . Take them out of the heater and rinse them off, make sure there are no cracks or splitting. Replacement stones can be purchased on our website. If you have any questions on caring for and cleaning your sauna, feel free to contact us! Now, as a reward for all your hard work, take a long refreshing sauna!

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