Maintaining a sauna is actually pretty easy. Saunas are built mainly using cedar these days, which ensures they virtually last forever without rotting. It’s always a good idea to install good fan systems outside of any sauna that uses an electric heater or a wood stove, since these types of saunas tend to put out far more heat and humidity than any small infrared sauna.
For the most part, though, your maintenance on a sauna is taken care of before you actually install or build it. For the sake of conversation here, we’re going to talk about some of the easy things you can do to take care of your sauna in the long run.
Sauna maintenance checklist
- Properly vent your sauna after each use
- Use a portable fan inside your sauna after each use to dry out the wood
- Prop your sauna door open after each use, with fan running in dressing room
- Under any circumstances, never paint or stain the inside of your sauna wood
- Have an electrician check your sauna stove for wear annually
- Properly drain any water from the inside of your sauna
- Prop up sauna boards if you have them
- Use a hand brush to clean sauna walls if sweat stains develop
- Wet mop floors after multiple uses
- Replace any broken rocks from both electric and wood sauna stoves