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Topic: Fabric stains from sauna benches  (Read 4026 times)
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« on: February 19, 2009, 06:24:09 PM »

I frequently use the sauna in the local health club. the sauna is red cedar. for some reason it seems that my towel becomes discolored from sitting  on the bench. Is that normal? is there any way they can treat the wood so it soesn't stain or can you suggest a better non-staining wood for the sauna benches?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2009, 04:25:18 PM »

While some saunas are constructed of Spruce, Alder, or Pine, Red Cedar is the wood of choice in most.  When using Cedar, Red Wood, or other soft woods, "Cedar Bleed" is not uncommon.  The properties of Cedar which make it so durable and ideal for sauna use are the very properties that contribute to this bleeding.

Chemically treating the wood can create health and environment hazards at these sauna temperatures and I would not recommend experimenting.

When using a public sauna or steam room, I always bring along an additional hand towel just for sitting on to satisfy my inner clean freak.  I would suggest a dark towel.  Cheesy

"Every man is the builder of a temple called his body."
~ Henry David Thoreau
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