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Cleaning your sauna blanket is a must to avoid the risks of health hazards. Cleaning far-infrared sauna blankets periodically will aid in getting rid of sweat, dead skin cells, and unnecessary odor. There are items you will need to start the cleaning process.
These include water, pure white vinegar, a paper towel, and a spray bottle. The white vinegar is excellent for the prevention of bacteria plus aids in the removal of both odor and stain. You may also get an essential oil when you wish to give the sauna blanket your favorite odor. Here are the simple steps and recommended tips for cleaning sauna blanket.
Switch Off the Sauna Unit
First and foremost, you have to turn off the sauna before cleaning. You should completely unplug the unit from sockets. Once unplugged, give the sauna blanket time to cool down. For better cleaning, wash the product when tepid or warm.
Prepare the Vinegar Solution
In the process of cooling the sauna blanket, you should be preparing the vinegar solution. Mix approximately ¼ natural pure water and ¾ pure vinegar. The solution should be concentrated enough to ensure the effective removal of odor and stains. When the solution is ready, pour it into the spray bottle.
Spray and Wipe
With the solution in the spray bottle, carefully spray the inner part of the sauna blanket. Ensure that every part of the blanket gets cleaned. Alternatively, you can clean by spraying a paper towel to wipe the sauna. This aids in the removal of unwanted odor, stains, and more. You may also consider cleaning the exterior of the sauna blanket by wiping it dry. Use the same solution and paper towel for proper cleaning.
You may also employ a cleaning brush to scrub backrests, walls, and benches. You may consider scrubbing for about 30-seconds to 1-minute every day after use. You should rinse the points with fresh clean water.
Wash Cushions and Towels
The next step should be cleaning the cushions and towels. Both the cushions and towels are known for promoting bacteria and mold build-up. To eliminate these, get out units for cleaning. Ensure they are completely dry before returning to the sauna.
Add your Favorite Essential Oil
When you prefer a certain taste of essential oil, this is the point to add it. The essential oils bring a fresh clean smell to the sauna. Always consider the use of natural ingredients like mint leaves, lemon, or lavender leaves. To add the essential oil, add drops of the oil to water. Soak your cleaning paper towel in the solution, which you will use to wipe the inner of the blanket.
Allow to Dry Completely
When done with the cleaning process, allow the sauna blanket to completely dry. 100% drying of the blanket is vital to prevent a build-up of mold and bacteria in the blanket. When completely dry, fold compactly to store for the next use.
Tips for Cleaning Sauna Blankets
Now that you know the step-by-step process of cleaning your sauna, there are certain tips that you should know.
Vacuum or Sweep the Floor Frequently
Since you will be using the sauna blanket on the floor, make sure the surface is always clean. Vacuuming or sweeping the floor aids in the removal of dirt and stubborn hair particles. The dirt will cause stains on the sauna, which may take more time to clean.
Disinfect the Sauna
Apart from frequent cleaning, you should also disinfect the blanket on regular basis. Since moisture will attract both mold and bacteria, which will cause health hazards to the users, ensure that you fully infect to prevent infection. For proper disinfection, consider using a 70% alcohol solution. Again, when the sauna is used in spas or salons, always keep it disinfected before every client into it. This will prevent the transmission of certain skin diseases.
Don’t Bring Food and Drinks into the Sauna
As much as you may love eating or having your favorite drink while in the sauna, it is NOT advisable. When you bring food into the sauna, food drops will cause stains on the unit. Besides this, drinks may spill on the blanket and since moisture attracts molds and bacteria, it may lead to infections. Due to this, always advise friends and families to keep food out of the sauna.
Use Towels or Sauna Cushions
When you lie down in the sauna, expect sweat stains to remain on the surface. The removal of the sweat stains may be time-consuming. To prevent such stains, consider getting towels or sauna cushions that you should lie on. The towels and cushions should be washed on regular basis.
Add Essential Oils
To keep the sauna smelling fresh and clean, consider adding a natural essential oil. For the personal sauna, you use at home, find your favorite essential oil or chemical-free ingredients like lemon, lavender leaves, or mint leaves. However, for commercial uses, you may add essential oils preferred by most clients.
Don’t Use Chemicals and Bleaches
When cleaning your sauna blanket, never use either chemicals or bleaches. This is because chemicals or bleaches may react with the material, which may damage the sauna. For better cleaning, use distilled vinegar and fresh water, which are effective in tough stains, odor, and bacteria.
Don’t Fold when Wet
Make sure that you fully dry the sauna blanket after cleaning. When you store the sauna when wet, the blanket is likely to develop mold and bacteria that will cause health hazards to the users.
NOTE: Some sauna will always stay free from bacteria that can’t withstand far-infrared wavelengths. Since the sauna blankets generate FIR wavelengths, they will effectively kill such bacteria. Due to this, you can always maintain the sauna clean and safe.
These are the simple cleaning tips that will aid in the proper cleaning and maintenance of your sauna blankets. Never use the sauna blanket for long without cleaning as this will attract bacteria and mold. Besides this, the sauna will develop stains when on the floor plus sweat stains. Consider using cushions and towels that you can wash regularly to prevent sweat stains. Lastly, ensure that the sauna towel is completely dry after cleaning before folding.
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