The care of the wooden surfaces in a sauna is a task that requires attention and care. It is through proper maintenance that these elements can enjoy their natural beauty and warmth for many years. The purpose of this article is to discuss how to take care of the wooden surfaces of the sauna immediately after the sauna has been built, after the process of using the sauna, and as part of regular, planned care. Our guide will help you to protect the wood from fungi and mould, which can damage its structure and affect the aesthetics of the sauna.
- Care of wooden surfaces immediately after the sauna has been built
- Surface protection
- Care of wooden surfaces after sauna use
- Regular scheduled maintenance to protect the wood and prevent fungal and mould growth
- Weekly care
- Monthly maintenance
- Annual care
- Specifics of different types of wood and their care
- Thermo alder
- Thermo aspen
- Thermo Finnish pine
Care of wooden surfaces immediately after the sauna has been built
The first step after the sauna is completed is the careful cleaning of all wooden surfaces. In the course of the construction work, they can become covered with dust, chips and other debris which need to be removed. For this task, it is best to use a soft brush or a hoover with a suitable attachment. It is important not to use hard abrasive tools for this purpose, which could damage the wood.
Once the surfaces are clean, we can move on to the protection stage. Choosing the right protective agent is crucial – its purpose is not only to protect the wood from moisture, but also to prevent the growth of fungi and mould. To do this, it is best to consult the sauna manufacturer or a wood care specialist, who will be able to advise on the most suitable product. Please note that different species of wood may require different types of protection.
The application of the protectant should be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves using a brush or sponge and spreading the product evenly over the wooden surface. It is important to protect all parts, including the less visible parts.
Care of wooden surfaces after sauna use
After each use of the sauna, the wooden surfaces may be covered with sweat, oils or other residues which should be removed. To do this, use a soft cloth and a neutral detergent such as mild soap. Avoid using aggressive detergents, which can damage the wood surface or leave unsightly stains.
Regular use of the sauna can lead to a gradual disappearance of the protective layer on the wood. Therefore, it is worth checking after each use to see if it is no longer too thin or damaged. If you notice such signs, it may be necessary to apply a new protective layer. In addition, polishing the wood with special products for this purpose will help to restore its natural shine and keep the aesthetics of the sauna at a high level.
Regular scheduled maintenance to protect the wood and prevent fungal and mould growth
Weekly maintenance of the wood consists primarily of checking for any stains, fungi or mould on the surface. It is also a good idea to regularly remove dust and dirt from the wood with a soft cloth. Remember to ventilate the sauna well after each use – this helps to avoid moisture build-up, which promotes fungal growth.
Every month, it is a good idea to check the condition of the protective layer on the wood more closely and renew it if necessary. This part of care should also include a deeper cleaning of the wood from residual oils and creams that may have dried out and formed unsightly tarnishes.
Once a year, it is advisable to carry out even more intensive care. This involves deep-cleaning the wood with specialised fungus and mould removers. This is also a good time to carefully check the wood for any cracks or damages – if any appear, they should be repaired as soon as possible.
Remember, even if you visit the sauna infrequently, you should ventilate it periodically so that moisture does not build up.
Specifics of different types of wood and their care
Alder is particularly valued in sauna construction because of its natural resistance to moisture. This wood has a natural barrier against fungi and mould. However, for additional protection, the use of oils made from natural ingredients, such as Harvia sauna oil, is recommended. This oil protects the wood from moisture and dirt while enhancing the natural colour of the wood.
Osika is often used in sauna construction due to its softness and light colour. Due to its delicacy, cleaning should be done with a soft cloth and a gentle cleaning agent such as Supi Sauna Soap. In addition, Supi Sauna Sealant is recommended to protect the aspen wood.
Thanks to the thermo-treatment process, thermo alder is more resistant to changes in humidity and temperature. However, due to this treatment, it requires a special protective agent to preserve its unique properties. Harvia Sauna Color agent, available in a variety of shades, is an excellent choice for protecting thermo alder.
The care of thermo aspen is similar to that of thermo alder. The most important thing is to use protective products designed for thermo wood, such as Harvia Sauna Color.
Linden, due to its delicacy, requires a soft cleaner and special care when cleaning. To protect Linden, it is recommended to use Supi Sauna Oil, which forms a protective coating on the surface of the wood.
Thermo Finnish pine
To protect thermo Finnish pine, it is recommended to use products specifically designed for thermo wood. In addition, the use of Supi Sauna sauna soap for regular cleaning is recommended.
Due to its natural essential oil, which is responsible for its characteristic smell, cedar is naturally resistant to fungi and mould. Nevertheless, it is recommended to use protective products such as Harvia Sauna Color for extra protection.
Spruce is a hard and durable wood species, but needs regular protection with Supi Sauna oil to prevent dirt and moisture build-up.
These are all general recommendations, but always check the manufacturer’s specific instructions before using any cleaning or protective products on sauna wood. Remember that every wood is different and has its own specific requirements that must be followed to keep it in the best possible condition.
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For example, you can use a sauna care kit from Harvia: this kit contains a cleaner to remove wood stains and oil to protect the surface after cleaning.