How To Care For Your Infrared Sauna

If not properly cared for, your infrared sauna can harbor a variety of bacteria, mold, and/or fungi in the floorboards or seats. By implementing an effective maintenance plan, you can keep your sauna sanitary.

Basic care and cleaning for your Infrared Sauna

1. Do not paint or stain the wood of the sauna. Artificial finishes on the sauna can cause the wood surface to become much hotter than normal and allow fumes to escape from the wood treatment. Artificial treatments may also soften the wood and prevent proper ventilation. To remain effective, the wood of your infrared sauna needs to “breathe.”

2. While sweat is a natural byproduct of any great sauna experience, it can cause discoloration and staining on the surface of your infrared sauna due to a buildup of body oils, as well as the expulsion of toxins from your body during sauna use. One of the easiest ways to minimize staining is to lay a towel down on the bench and backrest, and a floor matt on the floorboards. This will catch any sweat before it hits the wood surfaces, preventing build up from occurring.

3. Keep a soft-bristled “hand brush” near the sauna door. Establish a routine of scrubbing down the sauna after each use. Make sure to brush off the benches, walls, seats, and backrests. By removing any buildup immediately after use, you will prevent the sauna from gathering deposits further down the line.

4. If there is visible dirt or sweat stains developing on the sauna surfaces, use warm water with a mild detergent to clean the sauna in conjunction with your hand brush. Moisten the hand brush with a small amount of the water and detergent solution, and then brush the affected areas until the dirt or stain is no longer visible. This can be done even when stains are not visible as part of your regular maintenance procedure. It can be done as often as you feel is necessary.

5. When finished using the infrared sauna, prop the door open to allow air-flow to dry out all wood surfaces and ventilate the sauna. This will allow any moisture left in the sauna to evaporate quickly.

Infrared saunas are a great way to relax and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By implementing an easy maintenance plan, you can use your infrared sauna for many years to come. You can reap all the benefits of sauna ownership without the worry of complicated up-keep.


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