How to Use an Infrared Sauna
- Infrared saunas are more intense than traditional saunas and are typically set between 100-140 degrees. Allow between 10-15 minutes for your sauna to warm up before entering.
- It is important to hydrate before, during, and after you use your sauna as your body will be perspiring heavily.
- Bring towels into the sauna with you to wipe perspiration off of your body.
- Wear as little clothing as possible when you are using your sauna.
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How Long to Use Your Infrared Sauna
When you start to use a sauna, it is best to establish a routine and begin using your sauna twice weekly for small 10-15 minute sessions. Slowly increase your sessions to 30-40 minute intervals as your body becomes more accustomed to the heat. It is best not to use your infrared sauna more than twice per day.
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How to Clean Your Infrared Sauna
- Scrub and rinse the benches, backrest, and walls with fresh water after each use to prevent a buildup of dead skin cells and unpleasant odors.
- Vacuum or sweep the floor of your sauna to get rid of any foreign substances or hair that accumulates in your sauna. Floors should be cleaned every week or biweekly depending on your usage.
- Use towels or specially-designed sauna cushions to prevent sweat from staining the wood.
- Natural ingredients such as lemon and essential oils make your sauna smell fresh without damaging your sauna with chemicals.
- Use 70% alcohol to disinfect your sauna to discourage mold and bacteria growth.
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Infrared Sauna Maintenance & Repair
- Infrared saunas are low maintenance and require a basic maintenance schedule.
- Invest in a sauna cushion to prevent sweat stains from forming on the seats. Simply wash the cushions after each use and reuse them!
- Sweep the floor of your sauna regularly to prevent dirt and other contaminants from accumulating on the floor.
- Use high grit sandpaper to remove unwanted stains from benches or walls.
- If the bench in your sauna begins to warp or feel unstable, discontinue use and replace it as soon as possible.
- Consult a local sauna expert before attempting to refinish any portion of your sauna.
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Infrared Sauna Safety Guidelines
- Our saunas use infrared light which produces heat without the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. It is still important to observe proper safety procedures to enjoy your sauna safely.
- Lock your sauna when not in use to prevent children from using the unit unsupervised.
- Do not use chemical cleaners in your sauna. When steam is created, toxic chemicals left over from dried cleaning agents become vaporized and will be harmful if inhaled.
- Do not use your sauna for more than 40 minutes at one time. Infrared heat is very powerful and can cause heatstroke and skin burns if you expose yourself to infrared heat for long periods.
- Drink plenty of water or sports drinks before and after you use your sauna. Your body will be producing a lot of sweat in a sauna and dehydration can quickly overtake you in a hot sauna.
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Infrared Sauna Electrical Information
GSE-1 and GE-2 models require a 15-amp, 110-volt outlet which is standard in most homes. We recommend dedicating a specific outlet to your sauna to prevent a circuit failure. GSE-2, GSE-3, GSE-3C, and GSE-4 models require a desiccated 20-amp, 110-volt outlet. Dedicated outlets have specially-designed turned plugs and requires a 12 gauge power cord to function safely.