Having a steam bath in your home is a great way to enjoy some of the
benefits of a spa.
In fact, home steam baths are becoming more popular as the
installation costs go down and home maintenance gets easier. Steam
rooms are also very good for your health. They offer a great way to
relieve stress, eliminate toxins, and can improve the immune system.
a steam room in your home requires a lot of planning and professional
help. However, after everything comes together, a steam bath can be a
great addition to your bathroom, especially if you've experienced
various health issues that can be assuaged with frequent steam
What is a Steam bath?
bath, also known as vapor bath, is an enclosed space that generates
hot steam. There are pre-made steam rooms that can be installed in
your home, or special generators that can transform your shower into
a steam shower.
options are used regularly by homeowners depending on the size and
space available. If you have a large bathroom, a separate steam room
might be a better option because you can enjoy a steam bath without
disrupting your shower.
What is the difference between a Sauna and a Steam bath?
Surprisingly, there are
only two differences between a sauna and a steam room. First, a sauna
generates dry air, using hot coals,
while a steam bath uses damp air, generated by a complex steaming
a sauna and a steam
room are built with entirely different materials. Saunas are built
with wood because other materials like metal and tile will retain
heat and can be potentially harmful. Wood also absorbs moisture,
which helps keep the air dry and hot in a sauna. For steam rooms,
however, the high humidity would cause wood to decompose and rot
fairly quickly. That’s why steam rooms use materials such as tile,
glass, or metal to prevent problems with extreme moisture.
Steam bath at home: What do I need?
you get started, it’s important to first consult a contractor who works with pools and spas to help identify the best place to
install your steam room. The ideal
steam room has a maximum ceiling height of eight feet. If you’re
opting to install a steam generator in your shower instead, it’s
important to enclose your shower to keep the steam in place. As we
mentioned earlier, tile and glass are great materials to use in a
steam room, just avoid using wood. And if you want to achieve
ultimate relaxation, we recommend installing a bench or seating area
inside the steam room to truly relax and enjoy all the benefits of
Steam bath construction and installation
we mentioned, it’s important to consult a contractor before you get
started. Installing steam rooms and steam generators properly will
require knowledge of plumbing, electricity, and in some cases
remodeling a whole bathroom. The process begins with planning the
location of the steam room, since the steam delivery pipe, which will
be coming from an outlet, will need to be far from bathers because
of its heat.
you’ll need to choose the right flooring, walls, and ceiling for
inside the steam room. The flooring will need to be non-porous, like
most standard showers, and have a drainage system in place. The walls
will need to be sturdy and also use non-porous materials like tiles.
The ceiling will need to have a gradient or slope to it so water and
moisture can run away.
the steam room is constructed, you’ll need to select lights. We
recommend IP-rated low voltage or LED lights which can handle intense
heat and moisture. After you install the lights, you’ll need to
consider your bathroom's current ventilation system and make sure it
can support the additional steam and prevent unwanted mold and rot.
Next, you’ll need to find a dry and accessible area for the
generator, ideally within 5m of the steam room. After you hook up the
generator to your steam room, you can choose accessories like
speakers, mood lighting, and even scented plugins, to achieve
How to clean and maintain a steam bath?
and maintaining a steam room starts with proper ventilation. Good
ventilation will keep mold and rot at bay, and will allow less
cleaning to take place.
the right ventilation system in place, build-up of mineral deposits
over time will need to be cleaned. To do so, you will need to remove
water nozzles and soak them in non-abrasive
cleaning solutions. The result will be full strength steam at
we recommend picking a strong wired brush that will help scrub away
hard water stains and mineral deposits that develop inside steam
showers over time. This will help keep your steam bath clean and
functional for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.