Care and Maintenance

Taking care of your Almost Heaven Sauna isn’t hard; in fact, if you compare the ongoing maintenance of, say, a swimming pool to that of a sauna, you’ll find that owning and maintaining a sauna is much simpler.

Because an outdoor barrel sauna is exposed to the elements, it may require additional measures that don’t apply to one of our indoor models.  Bellow you’ll find a list of tips and instructions for both types.

Outdoor Saunas

Treating the Exterior

Western Canadian Red Cedar is the preferred lumber of choice for our outdoor saunas because it is functional and beautiful.  This softwood is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and mildew, and it is a lovely wood with a sweet aroma.  Over time the wood will turn silvery-gray due to sunlight and precipitation, and if you’re okay with that, there’s no need to do anything about it.  But if you so choose, you can do two things to preserve the original red cedar color:

  • Low-pressure wash the exterior periodically.
  • Apply a stain to the exterior that contains a UV inhibitor to resist the effects of sunlight.

If you decide to stain the exterior of your sauna, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • There are many suitable stains you could use, and your local paint store could probably recommend one. But if you have no particular brand loyalty, two popular brands to consider are Woodland Oil by Olympic Elite and Transparent Weather Proofing by Behr Premium.
  • NEVER TREAT THE INTERIOR OF THE SAUNA.
  • NEVER USE VARNISH OR PAINT ON THE EXTERIOR.

If you live in an especially sunny region, you may have to reapply stain on a more frequent basis than someone living in a cloudy region.  Examine the degree of fading your sauna experiences every few months, especially the first few months of owning your sauna, so that you can respond accordingly.

Minimizing Water Seepage

When you’re putting your sauna together, put as many staves under the bands as possible and make the bands nice and tight so that there will be no gaps in the barrel.  Substantial, driving rain may cause a little water to seep into the sauna, and this won’t hurt it at all.  However, if a great amount of water is coming in, that means you’ll have to add more staves under the bands.  When the inside and outside of the room are dry, remove the top portion of the sauna and reconstruct it adding more staves.  If you live in a humid climate, the wood should expand over time to create a tighter seal within the bands.  If you live in a dryer climate, the wood may shrink, necessitating that you add more bands over time.  Every few months, check the tension of the bands, especially in the first few months of owning your sauna, so that you can respond accordingly.

Cleaning the Interior

Vacuum or sweep out your sauna every now and then to remove loose dirt.  For a deeper clean to remove stains due to perspiration, dirt, and general wear, you have a few options available to you:

  • Use a mild solution of baking soda. Lightly scrub the wood with the solution and then rinse.
  • Use fine grit sandpaper to sand out tougher stains or scuffs.
  • Low-pressure wash the interior with a wide-pattern nozzle.

Indoor Saunas

Treating the Exterior

When it comes to treating the exterior of you indoor sauna, it’s really not necessary, but if it’s something you want to do, go for it.  Your local paint store can recommend a suitable stain.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying it.  NEVER TREAT THE INTERIOR OF THE SAUNA AND NEVER USE VARNISH OR PAINT ON THE EXTERIOR.

Cleaning the Interior

Vacuum or sweep out your sauna every now and then to remove loose dirt.  For a deeper clean to remove stains due to perspiration, dirt, and general wear, you have a couple options available to you:

  • Use a mild solution of baking soda. Lightly scrub the wood with the solution and then rinse.
  • Use fine grit sandpaper to sand out tougher stains or scuffs.

General Maintenance Tips

Replacement Sauna Stones

Due to the fluctuations in temperature, you sauna stones may crack and split.  You can purchase replacement stones from Almost Heaven Saunas at any time.  Keep in mind that you should only use sauna stones that are designed for use in your sauna heater.

Replacement Parts

At any time you can purchase replacement staves, doors, and components from Almost Heaven Saunas.  If you’re interested in doing any DIY custom jobs for your sauna, ask us about pricing for any red cedar, hemlock, or fir boards you might need to do so.

Accessories

From red cedar leg rests, back rests, and robe hooks to eucalyptus, peppermint, or citrus scented oils, Almost Heaven Saunas offers an impressive array of accessories to compliment your sauna.  To see all this and more, visit www.almostheaven.com.