You have invested in a new sauna cabin with the key idea of having a special place at home for R&R? A spot where you can take care and sustain good mental and physical health?
At Summer House 24, we know the benefits of going to a sauna are many and having one is a tremendous advantage!
Outdoor oxygen, for example, is a lot fresher than the air we breathe in enclosed spaces, so sleeping in your sauna cabin for a night or two a year can do wonders for your cognitive function, melatonin levels, and overall happiness.
As an owner of a garden sauna, you have responsibilities to maintain it and clean it regularly. Under warm and moist environments, bacteria flourish and could make your steam room a hot spot for harmful organisms.
Contact can cause a variety of health complications, such as skin problems or stomach upsetting. You should pay attention not only to benches and the areas you come in direct contact with, but to the entire room as well.
We recommended a weekly wash and scrub the areas where you sit, but be careful not to overdo it because the interior wood of a sauna is delicate.
Then, once a month, set the time aside to sweep and mop your sauna floors. Vacuum the accumulated dirt and dust from the benches, walls, and all the nooks and crannies of the sauna.
While thoroughly cleaning the room, you will spot the signs of mould infestations if such arise. There are high chances of fungi growing, and you should take immediate action. Areas you should inspect for mould are around the lower mouldings of windows. If insulation is damaged, that’s where condensation could happen.
A good hack to fix is to seal any window gaps via weather stripping and thus stop moisture further penetrating the sill.
However, mould on your sauna window sills and frames is not the only thing in need of cleaning. Steam and moisture will accumulate. Condensation can make them quite misty, greasy-looking, and smeared with dirty water spots.
Another reason not to confine yourself to clean only the wooden surfaces in the sauna but every part of it.
Optimising the cleaning process is all that matters because nobody has all day to spend only on getting in order for one small part of the entire household.
Here is a useful tip that will help you in the process – use the same cleaning solution for the windows and for the benches. This all-purpose cleaner is a mixture of water and white vinegar. It’s a great disinfectant and prevents mould and bacteria growth altogether. Not only that, but it will polish and make the windows smear-free without a lot of work on your part. You’ll be able to clean off all the accumulated dirt and grease from the glass panes and the frames. The white distilled vinegar is an excellent dissolvent and perfectly suited for household cleaning. It’s a chemical-free all-natural cleaner with a pH of around 2.5.
You don’t need to worry about any other detergents because the vinegar is a great disinfectant and will not only kill any bacteria, remove the dirt from any surface, but it will neutralise any unpleasant smells as well. You can use the same solution for wiping off and removing dirty spots from the sitting areas.
All you need are some of your household products that can work as excellent cleaners. According to window cleaning professional Mathias Mayers, your two main options are to:
It would be easier to mix the two components in a spray bottle. Then, work with a soft lint-free cloth or a microfiber one to remove the grime from the surface. If there are still some stubborn stains left on the frames, repeat the process, only this time add to the solution a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate so you disintegrate dirt.
If you have discovered mould on your sauna window frames, then you must treat the infested area as soon as possible.
However, if you take care properly to dry out your sauna cabin after each and every use and if it has proper ventilation, mould growth would rarely become an issue.
Keeping your sauna clean is how you avoid health problems for the entire family.
Regular disinfection increases the pleasure of using it and also saves you expense on restoration work in the unfortunate case of fungi spreading.
Moments spent in the sauna are wonderful and help us forget negativity and unpleasant moments of our daily deeds.
Yet, be mindful of your property and always take good care of it. Look into all corners, your sauna heater, cracks and any spot you could think of!
When in doubt about how you should treat or repair something, best contact the manufacturer to make sure that you can experience the benefits of owning an outdoor sauna for much longer.