Refrain from paint, varnishing or staining the interior parts of the sauna with any normal paint or varnish. The wood needs to be able breathe adequately. Artificial finishes on the wood can create a much hotter surface – resulting in the possibility of fumes from the wood treatment, and take away some of the “softness” of the heat and steam penetrating the wood.
The simplest method of sauna maintenance is to keep a hand brush near the sauna door. The last person out dips the brush in the water bucket, and does a quick scrubbing on the benches, walls, backrests, etc. This 30-second ritual will keep your sauna looking great indefinitely. This will prevent the need to use anything stronger than clean water on the wood portions.
NOTE! : If you do not follow STEP 2 closely, consider using our sauna wood cleaning kits, Bacterinol, or paraffin oil treatment kits.
Once your sauna is clean, prop the duckboards off the floor. Ensure that you leave the sauna door open so that it can be aired out completely. The heat that is left in the rocks and in the wood will dry the sauna completely after some time.
If dirt or sweat stains develop (if STEP 2 is not performed often enough), use a hand brush with warm water and with a mild detergent. To make your benches look new again, you can lightly sand your benches approximately once a year. Doing so will whiten them back to thier “like new” condition. If mold develops anywhere (i.e. on the duckboards), you can clean with bleach or our Bacterinol sauna cleaner.
Depending on how often you use your sauna, it may be beneficial to occasionally wet mop the floor using a liquid deodorizing cleaner.
These easy-to-perform maintenance routines will keep your sauna inviting, fresh-smelling and
enjoyable to be in!