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How to Clean an Infrared Sauna

Are you ready to take a new approach to your health and wellness? Installing an infrared sauna is the ultimate step to revamping your at-home relaxation, self-care practices and commitment to health and wellness. Just when you thought that owning an infrared sauna couldn’t get any better, what if we were to tell you that maintenance is quick and easy?

In this article, we break down how to clean a Jacuzzi® Infrared Sauna and all of the components and features inside. If you have questions about cleaning your sauna, contact our experts at Imagine Backyard Living today.

Cleaning Your Infrared Sauna

Infrared saunas create dry heat. Differing from traditional saunas that utilize steam and wet heat, infrared saunas don’t require much cleaning as the interior is not wet, which can allow for the growth of bacteria and mould if not properly maintained and cleaned.

For a basic cleaning, all you need is a cloth and some warm water to wipe down the surfaces. This should be done after every use. Roughly every two weeks is when we suggest performing a deeper cleaning. To do this, add one tablespoon of baking soda to a gallon of water in a bucket. Lightly scrub the wood with a gentle brush for a much deeper clean.

Bench

Arguably the most used interior surface within your sauna, the bench should be cleaned regularly. As mentioned above, use a cloth and warm water to wipe down the sauna bench after every use. If stains from perspiration begin to appear, lightly sand the area with sandpaper for a like-new result.

Floor

Next to the bench, the floor is definitely the next in line for being the most used surface inside your sauna. Use a handheld vacuum to clean dirt, dust and debris from the floor in your sauna, anywhere from once a week to once a month depending on how frequently it is used and dirty the floor gets. Once a month, you may want to mop down the floors in your sauna using a clean mop and baking soda solution described earlier.

To help keep the floors in your sauna clean, we recommend using a mat outside of the door. You and your guests can wipe your feet before entering the sauna, helping to keep the floors clean.

Walls

You won’t have to worry about cleaning the walls in your sauna too often. Once a month should be more than enough. Again, we suggest using a cloth and the baking soda solution to wipe and clean the interior walls.

Now, the exterior walls on the other hand, are a different story. To maintain the shine and beautiful aesthetic of your sauna from the outside, we recommend using a polish. Do not use paint or varnish on the exterior of your indoor sauna.

Heater

Cleaning the infrared heater inside your sauna is easier than you might think. All you need is a warm, damp cloth, and you can get started. Simply wipe down all areas of the heater and allow it to dry before your next sauna session.

Maintenance Tips & Tricks

  • Shower before using the sauna to avoid bringing dirt, oil and other contaminants into your sauna
  • Sit on a towel and/or wrap one around your body too. This can add a buffer between your skin and the wood, absorbing sweat and catching any dirt or oil.
  • Bring a small towel into the sauna with you and wipe sweat away
  • Don’t overdo it, when it comes to sauna maintenance, less is more.

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Did you find the information in this article helpful? For more information about infrared saunas, hot tubs and swim spas, visit our blog and online resource center. To find the best sauna for your lifestyle, visit our team of home and backyard leisure experts at Imagine Backyard Living in Scottsdale today.

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