Regular exterior cleaning helps preserve the beauty and longevity of your log home. Adjust the frequency based on your local climate and environmental conditions.
Exterior Cleaning:
  • Clear Debris: Remove any loose leaves, branches, or debris from around the log home.
  • Power Washing: Use a power washer to clean the exterior logs thoroughly. Adjust the pressure to avoid damaging the wood.
  • Mild Detergent Solution: Mix a mild detergent with water and scrub the logs with a soft-bristle brush to remove stubborn dirt or stains areas.
  • Rinse Thoroughly: Ensure a complete rinse of the detergent from the logs to prevent residue buildup.
  • Inspect for Mold and Mildew: Check for signs of mold or mildew. If present, treat the affected areas with a mixture of water and white vinegar or a specialized cleaner.
Inspect for Repairs: Check for any damaged or rotted logs.
  • Identify Rotten Areas: Inspect your log home for signs of rot, including soft or spongy wood, discoloration, and a musty odor.
  • Remove Damaged Logs: If rot is extensive, carefully remove the affected logs using a chisel, saw, or other appropriate tools.
  • Inspect Adjacent Logs: Check neighboring logs for signs of rot or damage. Remove any compromised logs to prevent further spread.
  • Replace with Matching Logs: Source replacement logs that match the species, size, and finish of the existing logs. Ensure they are properly treated against rot and insects.
  • Prepare Replacement Logs: Trim replacement logs to fit precisely, ensuring a snug and secure fit. Sand or finish them as needed for a cohesive appearance.
  • Treat Adjacent Wood: Apply a wood preservative or sealant to adjacent logs to protect against future rot and promote overall durability.
  • Consult Professionals: For extensive or complex repairs, consider consulting professionals with experience in log home repairs and restoration. Check with our team for a free quote!

Timely identification and treatment of rot are crucial to preserving the structural integrity of your log home. Regular inspections and preventive measures help minimize the risk of future damage.

Apply a wood stain or sealant to protect the logs from weathering. Choose a product suitable for your climate.  Also, carefully select a product with a reputation of being high quality. The team at 888 Log Guys use Sashco products for our cleaning, staining  and sealing needs.


Remember, each log home is unique, so tailor these steps to fit your specific cabin needs.  Its important that you understand the specific care needs of your log home and educate yourself on proper maintenance techniques. This will help you address any issues effectively.