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Sauna Maintenance



How should I clean my sauna heater and rocks?

Cleaning your sauna heater and rocks

Cleaning your sauna heater and rocksFollow these steps when cleaning your sauna heater and rocks:

  • The rocks in your sauna will need to be cleaned from time to time. Of course, wait until they are cool before soaking them in warm, soapy water. Use a mild brush to clean them off and then rinse them clean in water. Make sure the rocks are completely dry before you place them back in the sauna heater trough.

  • While your rocks are soaking, clean out the heater trough of any foreign materials. If any of your rocks have broken, do not put them back in the trough. The grit they leave behind can damage the stainless steel.

  • Rocks should be packed loosely. If your sauna heater cuts out after repacking, the heater may not be getting adequate airflow allowing a safety limit sensor to go off. Try repacking the rocks more loosely, covering the tops of the elements with only one layer of rocks. Watch our related video for the portion regarding packing your sauna heater rocks: How to Build a Sauna: Adding Rocks to the Sauna Heater video.

And enjoy your next sauna! Click here if you need new sauna rocks.

Can you recommend a non-toxic sauna interior wood sealer?

Yes, we recommend Miracle Cover – It's an all natural water based, food grade wood sealer

Restaurants even use this wood sealer to promote hygiene and longevity on their wood counters. Miracle Cover is an highly advanced water-based silcon rubber emulsion solution. Non-toxic and long lasting. Works great for sealing sauna rooms. Prevents water and sweat from staining your sauna wood.

Sauna Uses and Benefits

The world's greatest water-based silicon rubber sealer used for waterproofing, water resisting and anti-graffiti protection. Can be used on a myriad of materials: wood, concrete, stucco, brick, tile/grout and on and on. It is non-toxic and will not harm you or the environment. One coat resists liquid penetration and UV rays for up to 20 years. It allows the substrate to breathe, is flexible and will not discolor or fade. Resists salts, acids, harsh chemicals and oils.. Can be used as a top coats for all paints or stains when mixed in or after sufficient porosity has developed after 6-12 months of UV exposure.

Use Miracle Cover instead of other coatings as it lasts much longer and is far more durable.

How should I maintain my outdoor sauna?

To make sure your sauna always looks its best, clean it often

Follow these tips to treat and maintain your outdoor sauna:

  • To keep the bench surfaces and floor clean, wipe them down with a clean rag or sponge dipped in a bucket of warm, soapy water (or you can mix a dozen drops of your favorite essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and water solution).

  • Always use a mild organic soap or your favorite essential oil (see above); strong soaps can damage or discolor the wood or possibly leave a residue that gives off harmful fumes.

  • If you have a tiled or cement floor, then use a mop with a mild soap mixture to clean the floors.

  • The rocks in your sauna will also need to be cleaned. Wait until they are cool before soaking them in warm, soapy water. Use a sponge to clean them off and then rinse them clean in water. Make sure the rocks are completely dry before you place them back in the heater trough.

  • While your rocks are soaking, clean out the heater trough of any foreign materials. If any of your rocks have broken, do not put them back in the trough. The grit they leave behind can damage the stainless steel.

  • A quality water seal may be used on exterior paneling for outdoor saunas only.

  • We also recommend Sun Frog to preserve the beveled cedar siding outdoors only.

 

How can I renew my old sauna's natural wood color?

The only sauna maintenance product available that can actually renew an older sauna

Renew your sauna's natural wood colorDesigned to protect against the discoloration of the wood used in most saunas. Essential Sauna Wood Oil is a combination of non-toxic aromatic oil treatments for the interior of all wood saunas.

  • Completely non-toxic; active ingredient is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that help eliminate the toxins expelled from the body during sauna bathing.
  • Designed to protect against the discoloration of the wood used in most sauna units.
  • Covers over 700 to 1000 sq. ft. per gallon
  • FDA-approved food grade petroleum oil base, which when applied correctly does not absorb into cloth
  • The sauna environment bakes the wood and dries out the natural oils, this product is designed to replace them

See sauna oil application instructions.

How should I clean my sauna?

How to Clean Your Sauna

sauna cleanerAfter sweeping or vacuuming for dust, dirt and hair. We wipe down our sauna walls and benches with a product called, Sauna Kleena made of biodegradable products, natural oils and other ingredients specifically designed for sauna wood cleaning. An important ingredient is tea tree oil which has many antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. There is no bleach or ammonia in the product. Sauna Kleena also kills germs, viruses, mildew, and fungus on wood.

You can dilute it 5 to 1 or use directly from the bottle for stubborn stains or odors. Sauna Kleena will gently clean the wood without drying it out. This keeps your sauna looking new and avoids the splintering and cracking that can occur with other cleaning products. If the sauna wood has deep water and sweat stains, try sanding the wood with a fine 150-180 grit sand paper. The light sanding will usually remove some of the worst stains. Then wipe off the dust and clean with the sauna cleaner. See our sauna cleaner and our sauna wood treatments.

When should I replace my sauna rocks?

Replacing sauna rocks

sauna heater vulcanite rocksGenerally sauna rocks do not need to be replaced. It's best to clean them (See FAQ: How should I clean my sauna heater and rocks?) and remove small rocks and any rocks that are cracked. When you received your sauna rocks package. You probably still have some extra rocks you can use when you repack the sauna heater.

Repack the sauna rocks loosely, covering the tops of the elements with only one layer of rocks. It's possible that your heater may cut out if the rocks are too tight. In which case, the heater is not getting enough airflow and the sensor is cutting the heater off.

Also see our vulcanite sauna rocks in the store.