Restoring the Beauty of Your Log Home: 4 Pro Steps

Restoring the Beauty of Your Log Home: 4 Pro Steps

Your log home is an investment that you cherish because, let’s face it, what is more picturesque than a Minnesota log cabin in the woods? 

Once you’ve built this lakeside dream home, you’ll want to ensure it remains a beautiful and safe sanctuary for you and your family. Over time, your log home may start to deteriorate, and it's crucial to take action to bring it back to its former glory. 

Restoring your log home involves various techniques, and the team at Clean ‘N Seal recommends working with a log home restoration company that employs at least all of these steps when repairing, cleaning, and perfecting your cabin. 

1. Assessment & Evaluation

Before you start any restoration work on your log home, it's vital to conduct an assessment and evaluation of the extent of the damage and to identify any issues such as decay, insect infestation, or weather damage. 

Getting a professional evaluation of the log home helps you to determine the right approach to take when it comes to cleaning, sealing, or re-staining. 

Plus, good pros are meticulous and will find any problems if they are there. Then, they will guide you in putting together an appropriate plan of action. 

2. Cleaning

Once you've assessed the damage to your log home or the improvements you want to make, it's time for cleaning. Log homes require specialized cleaning to avoid damaging the wood. 

You can clean the logs yourself by using a gentle cleaner and a soft-bristle brush to scrub the logs thoroughly, or you can let our professionals take the elbow grease out of the equation! 

Professional Power Washing

It's crucial to avoid pressure washing the logs yourself as it can result in water intrusion that may lead to rotting or cracking of the logs. Instead, let our pros use power washing equipment set at the right pressure to clean without damaging the wood. 

Power washing is ideal for log homes that have accumulated dirt, grime, and stains on the wood. The pressurized water removes these eyesores, restoring the natural color and beauty to your logs. 

Careful Media Blasting

For deeper cleaning and removal of mold, mildew, and old stains or finishes, rely on the media blasting services of a professional. While media blasting sounds dangerous, when it is performed correctly by experienced pros, it is an efficient and effective alternative to scrubbing logs by hand. 

Our team uses state-of-the-art equipment designed for careful pressurized blasting of media. 

While soft media like corn cobs and crushed walnut shells used to be the preferred choice for cleaning log homes, they are biodegradable. This media can get lodged in between the cracks of your log home and decay, which leads to problems with your logs. 

Instead, we recommend using recycled glass media. It strikes a good balance between being environmentally friendly, not damaging your wood in the short or long term, and cleaning the wood effectively. 

A thorough cleaning leaves the logs looking sleek and more vibrant and prepares them for the next vital steps of sealing and staining.

3. Protecting & Beautifying

After cleaning the logs, the next step is sealing and re-staining. Just like for other home exteriors, like driveways or paver patios, sealing is a critical step in the restoration process as it helps to protect your log home against moisture, insects, and UV rays. 


It's essential to use a high-quality sealant that will withstand time and the elements. Talk with your log home restoring company about recommended brands and options that are important to you, like being eco-friendly or needing extra moisture resistance because of the location of your home. Some stains have sealing abilities mixed in with the finish, so ask about products that can do double duty. 

Sealing is sometimes a skipped step as a way for homeowners to save money or time, but sealing your log home is the best way to enhance its durability and longevity, guard the wood against rot, and ensure you have a safe and beautiful log home for years to come. 

The cost might be more upfront, but it will save you the expense of having to clean and repair your cabin frequently.


This is the fun part, where you get to enhance the vibrancy of your home and polish the finished product! 

Choosing the right stain color is essential as it can make a significant difference in the appearance of your log home, so work with your log home restorers to decide on a stain that best suits your aesthetics. 

Applying a stain to the logs after sealing not only improves the appearance of the logs but also adds another layer of protection against UV rays that cause discoloration and weather conditions that can cause the logs to rot. 

Even if you want to maintain a natural look, a light stain should be used to preserve the wood. 

4. Continuing Maintenance

Once your restoration is complete, there are some steps you can take to maintain your logs for longer. Our team will outline a customized maintenance plan that will make caring for your log home stress-free. 

Recommendations we’ll make include: 

  • When to do inspections, where to pay special attention, and what to look for, like mildew, signs of rot, and micro checks.
  • Regular cleaning schedule with options for how you can clean the logs yourself or when you’ll want to call on us for a pro clean. 
  • How frequently you’ll need to apply new stain or perform touch ups.

Minnesota’s Log Home Restoration Experts

Let your Minnesota log cabin really shine with a complete restoration from the experts who know restorative services the best: Clean ‘N Seal! Using only the highest quality products, state-of-the-art equipment, and eco-friendly techniques, our team delivers gorgeous results that don’t harm the environment or your wallet. 

From paver and concrete restoration to full-service house washing, there are no exterior surfaces our team can’t enhance! 

Schedule a thorough inspection of your property anytime. Call 952.393.9588 in the Twin Cities or 218.232.3863 in Brainerd and restore your log home today!