What Is Proper Sauna Etiquette?

Are you inadvertently offending your fellow sauna-goers?

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #153

Tip #2:  Don’t Go Naked

I touched on covering up in the locker room etiquette piece, and for the sauna, the rule still applies. First off, saunas are wooden and wood absorbs things like sweat and germs. When sauna benches are cleaned, the cleaning staff doesn’t always get all the germs that others leave behind.  I say the word behind on purpose, for those sauna-goers who insist on being nude.

Even if you don’t think your body is germ-and sweat-free, you should still have the courtesy to cover up for others. This isn’t like the locker room where you can move around easily; here you are in a confined place, so making people sit very close to your naked self can be very uncomfortable.

If Joe Fitness does not have a towel, kindly let him know there are some outside. You can even excuse yourself to use the restroom and come back in with another for him. Better yet, bring two in with you--one for you and one for any gym-goer who may lack the proper etiquette. Just in case.

Tip #3: Turn the Music Down

One of my biggest pet peeves (and some of yours too as my emails have shown) is when someone blasts their music in public. It’s always inconsiderate to blast your music—whether on a bus, a plane, at work, or in a sauna. 

When you are in public, you have to remember that there are others around you and you have to respect their space. If you want to listen to your headset or iPod, go ahead, but keep it low enough so it doesn’t bother anyone else.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience this lack of manners, simply ask the person if they can turn it down.  Trust me, you won’t be the only one wanting them to turn it down. If this is an ongoing problem you might even want to see whether  the staff can post a note about proper music level for inside the sauna. It will be well appreciated by everyone.

Do you have a great story about how you witness poor sauna manners? Post them on my Modern Manners Guy Facebook page so we can all hear the details. As always, if you have another manners question, I’m look forward to hearing from you so drop me a line at manners@quickanddirtytips.com. As well, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter  @MannersQDT. And of course, check back next week for more Modern Manners Guy tips. 

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