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Reasons for Infrared Saunas Needing Low Maintenance

Sitting in a sauna provides a relaxing experience that can help you feel refreshed. However, you might be hesitant to invest in your own sauna if maintaining it will take a lot of time and effort. Keep in mind that infrared saunas are low or have no maintenance compared to traditional steam saunas. Having an infrared sauna means you won’t have to set aside as much time to keep it in good condition.

Heat Source

Traditional steam saunas use water in order to produce hot steam. Far infrared saunas do not use any water to generate heat so there is no potential for mold or mildew to grow. Instead, these saunas use infrared heaters to gently warm your skin rather than super-heating the air around you in order to overheat your lungs. This allows them to work at lower heats that don’t raise your core body temperature. The lack of water in infrared saunas means you don’t have to worry about thoroughly drying and cleaning it frequently in order to reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth. In traditional saunas, the presence of moisture can easily cause mold and mildew to grow, creating an unhealthy environment. These saunas require cleaning more often than infrared saunas. 

Infrared Sauna Maintenance

The best way to maintain your infrared sauna is to sit on a towel.  It’s that simple. Keep a towel between you and the wood and the wood will look like new forever. You can maintain a healthy and hygienic environment so easily that you can count on your infrared sauna lasting a lot longer than a traditional high heat or steam sauna. You should also avoid leaving damp towels in your sauna since this can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Sit on towels, but wash them after each use.

The floor of your infrared sauna should be kept as a sanctuary for bare feet. First, place a towel on the floor, but never wear shoes or even slippers inside. Don’t track dirt inside and you’ll never have to clean it. Sweeping or vacuuming the floor can get rid of any minor dirt or debris. Avoid bringing any foods or beverages into the sauna with you, since this can lead to more debris that needs to be removed or stains that need to be cleaned. A glass of water is the only beverage you need in your sauna.

If your sauna develops sweat stains, you should not use cleansers that may smell and infuse their chemical odours into the wood. Instead, you can lightly sand the wood using light grit sandpaper. If you must use a liquid cleanser then only use a mild, non-toxic cleaning solution, such as water, vinegar and baking soda. A diluted hydrogen peroxide solution can also be used to clean your sauna. 

Contact Us for Low-Maintenance Infrared Saunas

If you’ve been thinking about getting an infrared sauna for your home, contact us to learn more about our saunas. Our far infrared saunas offer low maintenance, non-toxic materials, durability, and many other benefits. We have many sauna options available, including home and commercial use saunas.