Cleaning peculiarities in a home bath and sauna

Bathhouses and saunas are popular places of recreation. And the key to good steam in them is competent cleaning of the room. What are the features of cleaning in the bath and sauna, we will tell you in this article. Bath rooms should be cleaned regularly. Because of the increased humidity, steam and high temperature in them creates a favorable environment for the reproduction of pathogenic bacteria. Lime scale, particles of exfoliated skin, wet environment – these and other factors in case of their untimely elimination are a potential threat to sauna visitors. This is why sauna cleaning has a special characteristic: it is not only carried out to clean the sauna room, but also to protect the health of the occupants.

There are signs by which you can understand that the sauna needs cleaning. These are:

  • The presence of stuffiness, the presence of stale air;
  • the feeling of strong humidity in the premises;
  • lack of cleanliness on the floor or shelves;
  • blackening of wooden surfaces;
  • soot accumulation in the stove.

Methods of cleaning a private bathhouse

A private bathhouse should be cleaned once a week. Owners of private baths often neglect cleaning, believing that the absence of strangers reduces the risks. But in fact, even a cozy home sauna is a potential source of pathogens, due to high humidity combined with high temperatures.

Like commercial, private baths are cleaned according to a standardized algorithm:

  • treatment of surfaces with a mild soap solution;
  • cleaning of drains with special means;
  • cleaning of ovens;
  • elimination of detected pockets of mold or fungus.

A complete disinfection of all surfaces and premises of the private bath is also carried out. By following a simple standard method of cleaning it is possible to maintain an impeccable level of cleanliness and guarantee a safe vacation in the bathhouse.

General cleaning of the bathhouse

General cleaning of the bathhouse should be carried out at least twice a month. The whole process can be divided into four stages:

  1. Preparation: furniture, bathing equipment and other things (mats, capes, accessories) are removed from the premises of the bathhouse. If necessary, all these items are treated and disinfected.
  2. Dry cleaning: vacuum cleaners and brushes are used to remove large and small debris, dust and soot. Despite the high level of humidity, there is quite a lot of dust in the bath, so you should not neglect this stage.
  3. Wet cleaning: after thoroughly carried out dry cleaning, wet processing begins. Walls, shelves, floors are treated with soap solution and cleaning agents. Special attention is paid to drains; tiles are washed with water with an antifungal agent. It is worth noting that the pores of the human skin in the bathhouse open and actively absorb everything into themselves, so the cleaning of the sauna has peculiarities: it is not performed with aggressive compositions. When choosing cleaning agents, the specificity of the materials of the finishing of the rooms of the washing complex is also taken into account.
  4. Disinfection: when all the rooms of the sauna are cleaned of impurities, the disinfection stage begins. Different compositions are used as disinfectants; special impregnations and antiseptics are used for wooden surfaces to prevent the appearance of fungus.

In the course of general cleaning in a bath or sauna, the condition of the ventilation system is assessed and all rooms are thoroughly ventilated. The equipment for stoking, lighting devices are checked.

In order not to waste your time on the selection of means for cleaning and boring work, we advise you to leave an application to the specialists of our cleaning company. They will definitely do everything at the highest level for an affordable price. 

What about the stove?

A sauna stove can be large or compact in size, but remains a complex device and requires care in operation. Firing a sauna stove with wood or coal quickly gives a lot of heat, but a side effect of fuel combustion will always be the formation of condensation, soot, ash and stones. More often bath stoves and pipes in bathhouses are clogged not with soot, but with ash. This is due to the high temperature of operation of this device.

This dirt quickly enough forms a dense sediment on the inner surface of the chimney pipe, reducing its lumen. All these contaminants directly affect how effectively the sauna stove will work, as well as how many years it will serve its owner. Leaving it in this form is not only inexpedient, but also unsafe. After all, in addition to poor draft in the pipe, a large amount of ash can threaten an outbreak.

There are specific signs of clogging that signal that you should not delay cleaning the chimney. Among them are the following: the sauna has to be heated with more fuel than before; black and thick smoke comes from the chimney; the color of the flame in the furnace changes from orange to blue.

It should be realized that the sauna stove should be cleaned once a season. This is mandatory not only for the smooth operation of the furnace, but is also a guarantee that the sauna stove will serve you for many years and will be completely safe to use.

At the same time, a thorough inspection for “burn-throughs” and corrosion should be carried out. If the sauna stove was used in “public” domes, then the period of use of such a stove is no more than 5 years, regardless of the manufacturer. In private use, the period of use is much longer, but you should not forget to regularly clean the chimney of the sauna stove.

Before cleaning the chimney in the bath is started, it is necessary to assess the degree of clogging and narrowing of the chimney lumen. For this purpose, a flashlight is used, as well as a flexible cable with a video camera.

The easiest way to clean the chimney is to remove the clog and soot buildup mechanically, i.e. by acting on the principle of brushing. An important nuance is that for cleaning the chimney pipe it is forbidden to use metal-based brushes and brushes because they can easily damage the pipe, leaving scratches on its surface. So, it is better to use a polymer brush made of nylon or plastic.

Another way to effectively and quickly clean the chimney in the sauna is to use chemicals to remove ashes from the chimney. However, such chemicals can be used only if there are no mechanical blockages in the sauna chimney, and the thickness of the plaque does not exceed 2 mm. Chemicals come in the form of powders, briquettes, liquids – conveniently, they are burned together with the fuel.

If the bathhouse is idle for a long time, then before it is thawed, it is necessary to carefully inspect the chimney. And if possible, it is better to use a flexible cable with a video camera. This should be done in case there is a foreign object in the pipe (a bird, a nest, etc.). After all, when burning, the foreign object will emit an unpleasant odor, which will be difficult to remove.

With proper and regular cleaning of the sauna stove, all the dirt inside the device is unloaded and rewashed. All debris, ashes, soot that may have interfered with the smooth operation of the furnace is taken out. This task is also better to entrust to specialists in this field. 

March 29 2024