5 Quick And Easy Steps To Clean Your Sauna

5 Quick And Easy Steps To Clean Your Sauna

We often hear the question, "how should I clean my sauna?" It's a great question, especially since the sauna experience would be much less healthful in a dirty sauna. So we're glad you're asking how to clean your sauna – for your health and enjoyment. Here are 5 quick, easy steps to clean your sauna

Keep It Raw

As much as you think you'll love a new color, don't paint, stain, or varnish the inside of your sauna. Natural wood can breathe – and it needs to.

An artificial finish can cause the wood to get too hot on the surface – and you'll risk moderate to extreme discomfort. You'll also breathe heat-released fumes from the wood treatment.

Finally, natural wood feels "soft" when heat and steam penetrate it. Keep the sauna interior raw, and you'll be glad you did.

Wipe It Down

Easy does it for sauna maintenance. Just keep a hand brush next to your sauna door. Then, just make sure that the last one to leave the sauna wets the brush in the water bucket and quickly scrubs every part you've touched. Benches, walls, and backrests.

It takes half a minute. But wiping it down when you leave will keep your sauna in great condition for a long, long time.

If you clean your sauna with pure water every time you use it, you may never have to use anything else to clean the wood parts.

Air It Out

After you clean your sauna with the brush, prop the duckboards up so they're raised off the floor. When you exit the sauna, leave the door open – it'll air out to keep it fresh. The heat that remains in the rocks and wood interior will dry all the moisture out of the sauna eventually.

Soap It Sometimes

If you notice dirt or sweat stains starting to form, clean your sauna with a hand brush and soap. You'll want to use warm water with a mild detergent to add cleaning power. (Remember to stay away from harsh chemical cleaners.)

If soap doesn't recreate the just-like-new look of the benches, you have another option. Gently sand the benches – no more than once per year. Sanding with a very fine grain sandpaper will restore them to pristine condition.

If you see mold growing anywhere, you can clean your sauna with bleach or Bacterinol sauna cleaner. Be sure to repeat step #2 afterward, then air the sauna out until the bleach fully evaporates.

Mop It Up

If you use it often enough, you may want to clean your sauna floor more thoroughly. Go ahead and wet-mop with a liquid deodorizing cleaner mixed with water.


These quick, easy tasks will keep your sauna clean, fresh, and a luxury retreat that you enjoy.

For more information or advice on how to clean your sauna, come on into The Great Backyard. We'd love to help you out!

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