Cleaning Dirty Sauna Wood
need some guidance and some suggestions. I am a long-time woodworker and now, I am a property manager for a health center with both
men's and woman's saunas. These saunas are outfitted with clear cedar
and, while the benches and walls are in relatively good condition,
body oils have stained the wood to the point that it looks dirty,
wet and rotten. We clean the saunas nightly and use a relatively
strong cleaner but they still look very bad. Short of belt
sanding the entire room and every slat on the benches, is there a way
to freshen them up? Clean them up and make them look better? -Gary
Johnstone: The safest, and for that reason best, way to clean the
sauna’s stained wood is with a sander. I would not use a belt
sander, rather something like the Festool Rotex RO 125 or the 150
sander. They use hook and loop sanding discs and can remove a good
deal of material in short order. Their dust extraction is very good.
Bosch and Fein also make similar heavy-duty sanders that would take
care of your problem. I would hesitate to use a chemical cleaner in
the confined spaces of a sauna.
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