How to Maintain Interior Log Cabin Walls

Spring is an excellent time for some log cabin maintenance. While your cabin’s exterior took the brunt of the weather, maintaining your interior walls is also essential. Without proper care, these walls will deteriorate, and your log cabin will require expensive repairs.

Stain the Logs

Protecting your log cabin’s interior from day one is the best way to stave off expensive repairs. A few layers of stain, even transparent stain, provides this protection. This staining provides several benefits, including stopping the natural process of wood rot. You could also change the look of your log cabin’s interior when you re-stain.

Stain starts on top of the wood, where it binds to the pigment. Then the stain sinks into the wood. It forms a layer of protection at a deeper layer. With multiple coats of the best interior wood stain, it creates a more substantial barrier against water, sunlight, and other agents that speed up the rotting process.

Allow Proper Ventilation

Your log cabin is designed to keep the elements out. However, it requires proper ventilation to stop build-ups. This airflow is particularly crucial in the kitchen since the oils released from cooking can build-up and harm the wood of your interior walls. Fireplaces produce the same effect to a lesser extent.

Proper ventilation for log cabins comes in a combination of exhaust and structural vents. The exhaust is a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms since it removes the moisture. Structural vents near the pinnacle of your log cabin and the eaves allow the rest of the heat and moisture out.

Clean Your Log Cabin’s Walls

While staining helps dramatically with what your log cabin’s walls absorb, it doesn’t stop build-up. Cobwebs, dirt, and other grime mar the walls over time. Over time, these build-ups can cause issues in the finish of your interior walls. Fortunately, it just takes some routine elbow grease to prevent expensive repairs.

The first place to start is an oil soap with a rag. You can always use a damp mop to get to hard to reach areas. Doing this yearly can mean never having to elicit more stringent cleaners, including ones that would require you re-stain your log cabin’s interior walls.

Restore Any Rough Spots

Rough spots, discoloration, and other abnormalities show your interior wall wood is succumbing to the natural process of rotting. Repairing these problems will stave off the process, which in turn means you won’t need to replace the boards.

Generally, repairing these abnormalities begins with sanding the wood down. Once you reach a healthy grain, re-stain the wood. If you find mold along the way, a dose of vinegar will kill it. Often, these tasks can be done by hand. However, large projects may require an electric sander. The bottom line, though, is the sooner this maintenance happens, the longer your log cabin’s interior walls will last.

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