Cabins are places where many families make their most treasured memories. Whether the cabin is your primary residence or your weekend getaway spot, you want to take excellent care of your cabin so you can keep making memories in it for years to come.
Interior maintenance is extremely important. However, it can be difficult for some as maintaining a log cabin is different than maintaining a “regular” home.
Luckily, maintaining the interior of your cabin is actually pretty simple and doesn’t require loads of strenuous work.
So what do you need to do to keep it in tip top shape? Read on to learn the top 4 tips for maintaining your log cabin.
1. Protective Staining
Without question, you’ll need to stain the interior wood of your cabin. However, you shouldn’t just pick any type of stain.
In general, water-based acrylic stains tend to be best. This is because this type of stain allows the wood to breath. Also, the film is tough, which allows it to be cleaned quite easily without turning yellow.
However, for areas in your room that are susceptible to water damage, such as the bathroom, you may want to pick a different kind of stain. Polyurethane tends to work well because it holds strong against water and won’t discolor easily.
Proper ventilation is extremely important when it comes to maintaining the interior of your log cabin.
However, different rooms need different degrees of ventilation. The kitchen, for example, will need to be extremely well ventilated, as oils released during cooking can float through your home ad discolor ceilings, cabinets, and other nearby wood.
Other than the kitchen, the rest of your log home should be ventilated as well. However, not to the extent your kitchen is, as you don’t want drafts bringing in large amounts of dust.
3. Wood Movement
When manufacturers construct your cabin, they typically account for very small movements in the wood, as wood shrinks and compresses from the temperature and the humidity.
Therefore, before attaching any wood structures to your home, it’s very important to make sure the wood is acclimated to the cabin’s temperature and humidity first. If you don’t do this, there could be large movements in the wood that cause gaps in the interior.
Also, make sure you keep your log home at a consistent temperature and humidity. It doesn’t need to be exact, but a large range can cause wood movement.
4. Don’t Plant Shrubbery Too Close
Even though it looks nice, planting shrubbery too close to your cabin will hurt the look of it in the long run. This is regardless of if you’re using these awesome log cabin kits or something else.
This is because logs can rot or grow mold if they don’t have enough time to dry after it rains or snows. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to plant trees or shrubbery 5 feet or more away from your cabin. This will ensure that air can easily circulate and that during wet weather, they can dry out properly.