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Living The Log Home Dream? The 411 On Cleaning Your Cedar Log Cabin

The purchase of a home is an exciting experience, but you may also have the opportunity of living your  dream and building a log cabin. Whether out at the lake or in a mountainous area to use as a vacation home, a log cabin can be a great investment for your family. While more durable than many homes, a log cabin still requires a bit of maintenance. Using this guide, you can clean and maintain your cedar log cabin while living the cabin dream.


Over time, your log cabin will begin to settle, which occurs in a traditional house, as well. This settling is normal, but it may cause cracks in the logs and around windows and doors. Before cleaning your cabin, walk around the entire exterior.

Apply caulk into any cracks and allow to dry before cleaning. If you feel any air around windows or doors, apply an expandable foam sealant around frames. Allow the sealant to dry before washing the cedar exterior.

Simple Wash

A periodic cleaning of your log cabin exterior is smart for preventing heavy buildup of dirt, but you may not know where to begin. Fortunately, utilizing a pressure washer to rinse off the entire cedar exterior is an efficient and effective option.

To get started, rent or purchase a pressure washer and connect it to your outdoor water spigot. Use side-sweeping motions to rinse off the cedar exterior. Be sure to work your way around the entire exterior of your log cabin.

Detailed Wash

Wood soaks up moisture, which increases your log cabin's risk of developing patches of mold, mildew, and algae. This growth may resemble dark green or black patches against the cedar logs. While unappealing, leaving this growth in place may damage your cedar logs. In addition, mold, mildew, and algae is hazardous to your health, so removal is imperative.

In an outdoor sprayer, combine the following ingredients:

  • 2 gallons of warm water
  • 2 gallons of white vinegar

Spray the vinegar solution on areas that contain patches of mold, mildew, and algae. Allow it to sit and soak for a few minutes before rinsing with your pressure washer.

Considering the acidic properties in vinegar are naturally antibacterial, using it on your cabin's exterior is a safe, non-toxic, and effective option for removing mold and other growth.

A log cabin is a great investment, but proper cleaning and maintenance is essential. Using these tips, you can easily care for your cedar log cabin.