Sauna Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

Sauna Etiquette - The Do's and Don'ts

Whether you’re in an infrared sauna, hot spa, steam room or anywhere similar, we would always recommend that you understand how to behave respectfully. So, we put together this go-to guide on sauna etiquette to help newcomers and veterans alike.


Be quiet.

We’re always tempted to sing our favourite anthems in the shower, but using a sauna is much more of a serene experience. Remember that it is a place known for silence and tranquility, and you should always consider other people around you; so keep those conversations quiet.

Don’t work out in the sauna.

There’s nothing silent or tranquil about the groans and grunts of someone working out. We live in a busy society and multi-tasking is an essential part of life for some people, but doing your squats in a sauna isn’t the same as brushing your teeth in the shower.

Respect everyone’s personal space.

It’s easy to get carried away in a sauna and get as relaxed as possible, but if there are other people in there with you, try not to sprawl yourself all over the seats.

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Don’t take long entering/exiting sauna.

Saunas are generally quite small by design so that the steam is more focused and condensed in one area instead of across a vast space. For this reason, you should take care when entering and exiting to not leave the door open for too long, as the temperature will lower and steam can escape.

Always shower first.

While a compact space means that steam is more effective, it also means that all of your body odour will be zip-locked in there with any other sauna-goers. There’s no shame in sweating in there (that’s the point), but you need to shower before you enter so that the sauna doesn’t suck out all the bacteria and dirt that a shower would wash away.

Don’t apply water without asking.

Applying water to the sauna stones/stove will increase both the heat and the amount of steam in a sauna. However, while you may like it red hot, that doesn’t mean everyone else in there does. In your personal sauna, it is completely up to you to tailor the session however you want, but during a public sauna session, you should always clear it with the other patrons before you change anything in the sauna. After all, communication is the most important part of sauna etiquette.

Bring a towel with you.

Some saunas are more welcoming of nude patrons than others, but we would always recommend that at the very least, you enter with a towel wrapped around you. Just like at the gym, a towel is great for wiping down after yourself, but it can also save you from some embarrassment.


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