Monday, 17 February 2014

How To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Steam Room

There's nothing quite as relaxing as the feeling of being in a hot steam room. In addition to its rejuvenating benefits, steam rooms are also known to cleanse toxins from the body. Sweating is something that most people view as dirty, but it's actually helpful in releasing built-up toxins. If you're looking to reap the benefits of a steam room from the comfort of your own home, keep reading to learn how to turn your bathroom into a steam room.

Seal The Room

You can't expect to create a functional steam room in your bathroom if there are huge gaps between the door and floor. Even small gaps will allow the hot steam to escape, reducing the effectiveness of your steam room. Go through your bathroom to check and make sure it's properly sealed. If necessary, install some weatherstripping underneath the door to help contain the steam.

Another area where steam may escape is through the windows. Make sure the windows are fully closed and have the appropriate amount of weatherstripping present to prevent unwanted thermal energy, or steam, from leaking through.

Create a Comfortable Sitting Area

Unless you plan on standing the entire time, it's recommended that you create a comfortable sitting area somewhere in your bathroom. Since steam contains a high concentration of moisture, you should only use waterproof furniture. Something as simple as a plastic garden chair will suffice, but you can go the extra mile by using a highly stylish and equally comfortable teak shower bench, which is also waterproof.

Turn Up The Heat!

When you are ready to bask in the steam, turn your shower on the hottest setting possible and wait a couple of minutes for it to heat up. Pull back the curtains so the steam will fill the bathroom, but do not attempt to stand underneath the scolding hot water. Depending on the size and specifications of your water heater, it shouldn't take long for the bathroom to turn into a fully functional steam room.

Once the bathroom has filled with steam, you can sit down on your teak shower bench to enjoy the warmth and relaxation it offers.

Tip: run a washcloth under cool water at your vanity faucet to use on your body. This will make the steamy environment a little more comfortable. Just remember to limit your exposure to the steam to short 30-minute sessions.

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