A rustic log house exudes warmth and beauty, but at the same time it also needs proper maintenance and wood protection in order to maintain its good properties and durability over time. The right approach to wood maintenance ensures a long life for your log house without losing its authenticity. In the following text, we will try to convey effective measures and essential tips so that you can properly care for your log house. 

Log house maintenance, or how to extend the life of wood

log house maintenance and protectionLog house maintenance is necessary, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Depending on the condition of the log house and the previous maintenance schedule, it is reasonable to start with a proper cleaning of the log. Cleaning the log should be done with either a soft brush or a broom. Try to remove as much dirt and dust as possible. For deep cleaning, you can try mild wood cleaner which does not damage the wood. 

  1. Carry out routine inspections for signs of damage or deterioration. 
  2. Try to spot any new cracks, crevices, or insect-infested areas. 
  3. Fix the problem immediately to prevent the situation from getting worse. 
  4. Repair smaller cracks with a special log putty or sealant, ensuring a tight seal to prevent moisture ingress.
  5. Prevent potential problems with log and wood preservatives.

The best log and wood preservatives

Log and wood preservatives not only improve the aesthetic appearance of a log house, but also provide important protection UV rays, moisture and pests. Make sure the logs are clean and dry before applying the finish. Choose a high-quality wood stain or finish, which matches the look you want and offers enough durability. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application technique. Check the finish regularly for signs of wear and reapply as needed. Maintenance of impregnated wood is easier than untreated wood. 

Our recommendation is to use either Shell-Guard or Shell-Guard RTU solution for best results. While Shell-Guard is a concentrate, RTU is a ready-to-use wood protection agent. 

This advanced wood preservative acts as an effective barrier against rot, decay and insect damage, extending the life of your log home. with Shell-Guard you can protect your log houses, terraces, fences and other wooden surfaces from the harmful effects of moisture and log pests. It is an odorless and colorless agent that makes it easy to impregnate wood. Its water-based formulation penetrates deep into the wood, providing long-lasting protection while allowing the wood to breathe. Discover Shell-Guard the power of wood protection and enjoy the accompanying peace of mind.

Removing mold from wood

Removing mold from the wall is vital to maintaining a healthy and clean environment. Start by wearing protective gear and scrubbing the affected area with a mixture of water and detergent. For stronger mold, use a solution of bleach and water. In the case of a log house, it is worth watching the weather forecast and starting work on a sunny summer day. If necessary, ensure proper ventilation indoors and dry the wood thoroughly to prevent further mold growth.

Prevent further damage Shell-Guard RTUga, which protects wood from natural enemies such as insects, mold, fungi and moisture. Just as Shell-Guard concentrate, RTU is colorless, odorless and has very low toxicity to humans and domestic animals. 

Log protection from pests and decay

Wood-loving insects such as termites, wood moths, hornets and horse ants can cause significant damage to log houses. Take preventative measures, such as using a borate-based treatment, to protect against attack. Check logs regularly for signs of insect activity, such as small holes or sawdust-like debris. If you suspect an infestation, seek professional pest control services immediately to effectively mitigate the problem, or do the job yourself using the above tips and Shell-Guard protective equipment.

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