The three most important rules to being a good sauna host

If you are running a brick & mortar or mobile sauna business, a sauna coop, or your own personal backyard sauna retreat, there are only three important rules for being a good sauna host:

RULE #1.  Keep the sauna hot. 

People go to the sauna bench to sweat. Let them wear their spring jacket when they go to a baseball game.

RULE #2.  Keep the sauna hot.  

Each time the hot room door opens and closes, the hot room loses heat.  We need to stay ahead of this. 

RULE #3. Keep the sauna hot. 

Consider that each person sitting on the sauna bench is a relative ice cube, 100 degrees cooler than the sauna that you should be keeping hot. 

If you are hosting a sauna and your hot room is too hot for someone, they can go sit on the low bench, where it is less hot.  It’s ok to be a low bench Larry.  

Any other rules to sauna hosting are way down the list to these 3.

  • Some yahoo talking too much? Encourage Marty’s Law of Reverse cycling.
  • No water in the sauna bucket?  Fill it up.
  • Changing room has shoes and shit all over the place?  Kick them aside. 

As long as your sauna is hot, you are a being a good sauna host.  Stay out of the way and let them sweat.

Your job is to keep the sauna hot.

Good heat is all that really matters. 

Members of the British Sauna Society and Sauna Sherpa celebrating good heat after a sauna round at Lonna Sauna, Helsinki, Finland

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5 thoughts on “The three most important rules to being a good sauna host”

  1. I’m building my sauna and the roof line slopes from 7’4” on the front inside to 7’ on the low side. Should I level the inside to a 7’ ceiling or leave it slopes front to back the heater will be on the same wall as the high side. I heard you mention something about a sloped ceiling design that Christiansen in Duluth is doing on one of your podcasts. Thanks!

  2. Hi Mike:

    Yes, you can slope your hot room ceiling, but it’s best to have the high slope on the bench side, not the stove side. This slope will allow for heat to collect where you sit.

  3. Hi Glenn, Thank you for your great site.
    I have a couple questions for you.
    1) can you give me an idea of what my sauna cleaning schedule should be. how often and what materials I should use.
    2) I occasionally find moisture ants in and around the sauna. have you experienced this before and do you have any advise?
    Thank you so much

  4. Hi Ralph,

    Glad you are enjoying saunatimes.
    1. Cleaning schedule. If your sauna is well vented, and you practice the bake and breathe method, the only cleaning you should have to do is a 2x a year hose out. A well ventilated sauna means that your sauna will air itself out. A well heated sauna means that your sauna will dry itself out. My saunas, 1996 and 2003 smell great pretty much maintain good cleanliness. That said, there are some good sauna cleaning materials from Finland, and here in US, a few do well with Oxyclean and a brush.

    As mentioned, I clean my saunas 2x a year. I use warm water and the cleaning stuff from Finland, brush it all down and hose it down. (I’ve had the same bottle of cleaning stuff from Finland for over 20 years and it’s still more than half full).

    2. Moisture ants. Well, I feel your pain there. Our cabin (1997) has moisture ants and it pisses me off something fierce. I think we’re getting moisture outside, under our deck, but I don’t have the bandwidth right now to attack it down there, in order to find the source of potential rot to our exterior plywood under our siding.

    In your case, you’re going to have to play detective. There’s a laundry list of ways you may be getting wood rot/moisture ants in your sauna building. Is water splashing up underneath your building? Are your overhangs extending far enough to keep water away from your building? Hope this gets you thinking in the right place,

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