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Comments (0) / March 24, 2015 /

Naturally, you will want to preserve the rustic feel of your log home on the inside and outside.

No matter the type of wood that is present, it will soon become grey or covered with grime and dust.


Caring for the interior of your log cabin begins with the proper finishing; even after applying a finish, although, you will ned to clean your log homes walls often using the correct products to do so and avoiding creating any damage.

Finishing

To keep your wood looking healthy, you will need to finish it, regardless of preferring the ‘natural’ look of wood – it will quickly discolour and deteriorate if it is not finished.
Naked wood will not last for a long period of time; the sun itself will tend to bleach wood. Log homes that house large windows will require UV-blocking in the finishing product.

How to

Anything that requires finishing will need to be sanded. The difficulty can vary depending on your log cabin’s style. Use a power sander and clean the walls afterwards to eliminate sanding dust.
Select a finishing stain that has a quality water-based acrylic that will allow the wood to breathe and emit less fumes than any other oil based products.
Stain, including or not including a UV-boost product, acts as a block against sunlight than clear-coating finishes alone.
Areas that are subject to high moisture levels, or unlikely sunshine, should be opting for a coating finish such as polyurethane or varnish.

Light Cleaning

Other than the initial coat, you may not have to tweak the finish again for many years if it is cared for correctly. The best thing that can be done for your walls is keeping them clean.
Ensure to keep cobwebs at bay, dust hard-to-reach  areas with a broom, alternatively, a damp mop. Do this starting from the highest point of your ceiling, working down the walls to prevent any redepositing of soil and webs, if your ceiling is also made of wood.

Deep Cleaning

If you discover any areas of mould or mildew in your log cabin, spray lightly with hydrogen peroxide and allow that to settle for a few minutes before proceeding to scrub that with a soft bristled brush, you will then want to follow that with a sponging of distilled white vinegar.
The vinegar will kill the mould more effectively than the bleach which could damage your wood.

When removing dirt, grease, grime and smoke residue, wash down your walls with hot, soapy water or a commercial cleaner. Apply it like a car polish, follow with a soft, dry cloth to buff.

Please visit our website for further details about our log cabins and how to care for yours!

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