Salt lamps are one of the most popular and well-known salt products on the market today. They can be found in homes, offices, spas, and anywhere salt is desired to reduce stress while providing a naturally purifying effect. However, salt lamps require some care as they are not indestructible and need to be maintained properly for optimal health benefits! In this article, we will discuss how to take care of your Himalayan salt lamp step-by-step so that you never have any issues with it again and always enjoy its benefits.
Himalayan Salt Lamp Care and Maintenance
Many people carry the query “How to care Himalayan salt lamps”? and “How to stop my Himalayan salt lamp from sweating/leaking”? Here is everything you need to know about the tips and tricks to maintain Himalayan salt lamps. Proper care and maintenance would retain the beauty and quality of the salt lamps for many years. Incorrect usage might lead to problems and reduces the lifetime of the lamp.
Why does a Himalayan salt lamp sweat/leak?
Salt is hygroscopic – meaning it has a natural moisture absorbing nature. Just like how your salt shakers tend to gather little moisture during summer, salt lamp also gathers moisture and becomes damp. Himalayan salt lamps purify the surrounding air through moisture absorption. As a result, your pink salt lamp will sweat or start leaking. This is the natural process of salt and pink salt is no different.
How to stop Himalayan salt lamp from sweating?
Keep your lamp on all day and night to stop your Himalayan salt lamp from sweating and leaking. Switching on the lamp 24/7 or at least 16 hours a day keeps the natural salt crystal warm and helps to dry it out. A warm lamp evaporates any excess moisture and there is no more salt lamp leaking or sweating. Since salt lamp bulbs use very little energy, even if you leave it on all the time it costs minimal. So, there is no excess electricity used too. Follow simple tips like, keep the lamp in a dry area, use the right bulb, reduce the moisture in the place where you place your lamp, wipe down your lamp with a damp cloth whenever required, to prevent your Himalayan salt lamps from melting.
Top 5 Tips for the best Himalayan salt lamp care
Even though Himalayan crystal salt lamps are made of salt, they are durable. Just the right care and maintenance will keep the pink salt lamp last for decades.
1. Do not place your salt lamp in a humid and damp environment. Placing your salt lamp in a room where moisture levels are high (like laundry, bathroom, basement and kitchen) will collect excessive moisture and start sweating.
2. Do not wash your lamp directly with water or running water. This causes the salt to dissolve in water.
3. Do keep your salt lamp dry. Keeping your salt lamps on for longer periods absorbs the excess moisture and keeps the lamp dry. This can prolong the life of your Himalayan salt lamps.
4. Do place your salt lamp on a place-mat or a decorative dish so that you can avoid water dripping/leaking onto the furniture and avoids any watermarks appearing on the furniture.
5. Use a moisture absorber in the same room where your pink salt lamp is placed. This way the overall moisture in the air will be reduced and prevents your lamp from leaking.
Cleaning your Himalayan salt lamp
If you have already bought a Himalayan salt lamp for your home, you must be wondering how to clean your pink salt lamp. This is just a simple process. With the anti-bacterial properties, salt is naturally self-cleansing and does not need washing. But sometimes it may get dusty and need to clean time to time.
To clean your Himalayan salt lamp, switch off the lamp and let it cool to room temperature. Take a damp microfibre cloth (not a wet one) and gently wipe the surface of the lamp to remove the dust or dirt. You can also choose a lint-free cloth to make sure no bits are left behind as the surface of the salt is rough. Finally switch on the lamp to remove any excess moisture and dry it out.
It is important to remember not to wash your salt lamps with water directly coming on the surface or do not immerse/submerge your lamp in water. It is suggested not to use warm water to clean your salt lamp as the salt surface might melt.
The proper way to store Himalayan salt lamp when not in use
To store your salt lamps for an extended period, remove the power cord and place it in an airtight plastic bag, seal it so that it doesn’t get in contact with the moisture in the air. You can also wrap it in multiple plastic bags or cling wrap to seal it well. This way your salt lamp is isolated from the moisture and can be stored for as long as you want.
How To Take Care Of Your Salt Lamp:
Clean it with a damp cloth:
You don’t have to use anything fancy to wipe down your lamp. A simple rag with water will do the trick as your lamp actively fights against germs by itself. Behold! The wonders of salt.
Scrape off the salt crystals:
Behold! The disadvantages of salt. The moisture that attaches itself to your lamp becomes mixed with salt and creates saltwater. When that water evaporates from your lamp, it leaves behind salt crystals. It’s annoying but luckily, you can chip them away with a hard plastic tool. Avoid using metal tools as it may damage your lamp and chip off the parts that aren’t tiny crystals.
Store it with plastic wrap:
If you’re leaving for vacation or want to put away your lamp, you’ll have to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. This will prevent your lamp from absorbing any moisture when it’s not in use. If you don’t have any plastic wrap, a sealable plastic bag will also work, but make sure that it’s airtight!
Don’t wash it!:
This might be obvious, but you don’t want to put your lamp under running water or submerge it in the sink. It can handle small doses of water that form from condensation, but it won’t survive a shower. The salt will melt away and you’ll have an electrical hazard on your hands.
Don’t place it next to your music speakers:
As much as you may want to groove with your lamp, you want to keep it as far away from your speakers. The sound vibrations can shake the bulb and hit the insides of the lamp, especially if you’re the type to crank up the volume to the max. This can cause the bulb to displace itself or cause a short fuse, which is something you want to avoid.