With very minimal maintenance you can keep your sauna looking great.
The following is a general guide.
STEP 1: Do not paint, varnish or stain the interior portions with any normal paint or varnish. The wood needs to breathe. Also artificial finishes on the wood can create a much hotter surface on the wood, creating the possibility of fumes from the wood treatment, and take away some of the “softness” of the heat and steam penetrating the wood.
STEP 2.0: The simplest method of sauna maintenance is to keep a hand brush near the sauna door. The last person out dips the brush in the water bucket, and does a quick scrubbing on the benches, walls, backrests, etc. This 30-second ritual will keep your sauna looking great indefinitely. This will prevent the need to use anything stronger than clan water on the wood portions.
STEP 2.1: If you do not follow STEP 2 closely, you may consider using our sauna wood cleaning kits, Bacterinol, or paraffin oil treatment kits.
STEP 3: After you are finished using the sauna, and your cleaning process is complete, prop the duckboards off the floor. Leave the sauna door open, to air it out completely. The heat remaining I the rocks and in the wood will dry the sauna completely, and even can dry the shower area down, if it is adjacent to the sauna room.
STEP 4: If you get some dirt or sweat stains developing (if #2 is missed a few times), again use a hand brush but use warm water with a mild detergent in it. To get the benches looking like new, you can lightly sand your benches about once per year. It will whiten them to a “like new” condition. If you should happen to have mold develop anywhere (on duck boards, for example), you can clean with bleach or our Bacterinol sauna cleaner.
STEP 5: Depending on how often you use your sauna, occasionally wet-mop the floor, with a liquid deodorizing cleaner. With these simple maintenance tips your sauna will stay inviting, fresh smelling and enjoyable to be in.
Importance of Finnleo/Helo’s Vulkanite heater stones
The heater stones of an electrical heater have to fulfill the following requirements:
1.They have to withstand high temperatures and wide fluctuations of heat.
2.They must not create dust nor discharge any odors.
3.They have to deliver sufficiently the heat, grab water and in this way prevent the
dripping of water. Therefore an uneven surface is better than an even one.
4.They have to be sufficiently large in order for the air to circulate well between the
stones and for the elements to operate better.
5.They must hold heat well. Once the room reaches temperature, a rock that holds the
heat well will use less energy to stay hot, yet produce wonderful steam.
6.They should be recommended and tested by the heater manufacturer. The
Finnleo/Helo Vulkanite stones are tested heater stones containing no harmful VOC’s.