How to Clean a Sauna


A sauna is a great way to relax after a hard days work, but what happens when your sauna turns into a stinky mess? Cleaning a sauna isn’t as difficult as you would think, and it can be done with a few products a little elbow grease. Sauna’s are actually easier to care for then your bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Towels
  • Mild Detergent
  • Sponge
  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Mid-Grade Sand Paper

Cleaning Your Sauna

  • Remember that regular maintenance is extremely important with any sauna. Everyday take a broom and vacuum and do a quick clean up of the floor and benches.

  • Make sure that you always sit on towels while in the sauna. This will keep your body sweat from ruining the color of the wood. Always make sure that the towels you use were not washed in harsh detergent.

  • Begin a weekly schedule of cleaning the wood in your sauna if you use your sauna regularly. If the use of your sauna is irregular, then you may not need to clean the wood as often. Purchase a mild detergent and mix this with water. With a sponge, liberally wash the wood on the floor and benches. After you have washed down the wood, take a towel and wipe the wood dry.

  • You may find that sometimes the wood inside of a sauna can become discolored due to excessive use. This may not happen for several years, but it is inevitable. With a light-grade sand paper, slowly brush away the discoloration through a sideways motion.

  • Take a look at your sauna heater, and if your sauna uses a wood burning heater, you will need to constantly remove the ash build-up. Also, you will want to periodically check the exhaust pipe to make sure that there is no creosote build-up, which can be a major fire hazard. If your sauna runs off of an electric heater, the maintenance is little to none. All you must do is occasionally wipe off the stainless steel to keep any build-up from occurring. Lastly, if your sauna runs off of sauna stones, you just need to check them every couple of weeks to make sure they have not cracked. If they have, simply replace the stones, which are available at many stores.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use a towel when sitting in your sauna.
  • Never use any type of ammonia-based cleaning products, as this can release toxic fumes when your sauna is turned on.
  • With an electric sauna heater, always hire a professional electrician to fix it if it becomes broken.

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