So you’ve purchased a Himalayan salt lamp (or are looking to buy one) and it’s looking beautiful placed on a shelf in your home but are you now wondering ‘how do i care for and clean a himalayan salt lamp?’. If so, you’ve come to the right place, as today we’re going to look at some common issues or faults and tips on how to care for your new crystal salt lamp.
There are few simple steps to take and important things to know when it comes to maintaining your beautiful lamp. If you care for it correctly it and clean a himalayan salt lamp it should last for a long time, so you can reap the health benefits a Himalayan rock salt lamp can give you for many years to come…..
If your surroundings are humid or you have some very wet weather your lamp will sweat more however bear in mind that in humid or wet weather conditions the lamp will help remove the excess moisture from your house.
If you find that your salt lamp doesn’t sweat it could be possible you have bought a fake.
Please do avoid using in a bathroom!
To minimize the amount of sweating or leakage that occurs you need to keep the lamp on for at least 16 hours a day, seven days a week. They use low wattage bulbs, 7 to 15 watts, so the running costs should be very low.
If your lamp is sweating a lot it is a sure sign that it is not being used enough. It is advisable to stand your Himalayan salt lamp on a placemat or tray to protect the surface that it is sitting on as even with usage the lamp can leak and salt will melt causing corrosion of the base and the area it is standing on, this should not occur if the lamp is on 24/7.
If weeping or sweating is a problem due to the excess humidity in the surrounding atmosphere, then try using a higher wattage bulb but never more than the manufacturers recommended limit!
If you are going away and the lamp will be off, disconnect the lamp from the power and store the lamp in an airtight plastic bag to protect it and prevent it sweating.
If you use your lamp in your bedroom and find that keeping your lamp on 24hours a day, is disturbing your sleep then try either swapping the power cord for one that includes a dimmer switch.
Or try moving your lamp to either another room or cupboard in your bedroom at night time.
To clean a himalayan salt lamp, remove from the power source and wipe the salt globe with a soft dry cloth.
If needed then a slightly moist cloth can be used, BUT do make sure you have removed the globe from the power cable. And make sure before wiping your lamp, you squeeze out as much of the water as possible!
For more ground in dirt a scourer can be used this will not harm the lamp. Either, dry the lamp in sunlight or put the lamp back together and turn on.
Avoid situating your lamp in high humidity areas like a bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms.
When changing a bulb it make sure before you begin the process, you remove the mains plug from the wall socket.
Should the Himalayan salt lamp become too moist, (as salt does attract water in the surrounding atmosphere), use a lint free cloth to pat dry or if excess moisture is on the lamp, remove the power and make sure it is completely dry before reconnecting.
If you find that your bulb is blowing or boring out regularly, the first thing to check is that is does not exceed the maximum wattage for your lamp.
Check if your bulb has a white smoke like appearance when blown. If so, when you replace it, ensure that the bulb size fits into your lamp with some extra room around it, and make sure it doesn’t touch the inside surface of the salt crystal.
The white smokey look on the glass of a blown bulb, suggests that water from the crystal rock has run down onto the hot bulb, causing it to blow.
If you would prefer to avoid all of the issues that can come from the electrical components of a lamp, then maybe a Himalayan rock salt candle holder is worth a try? You’ll get the same benefits, all be it on a smaller scale but avoid all electrical / water issues. They do still sweat however, so make sure you place them on a coaster to protect the furniture they live on.
One thing to bear in mind is with Himalayan salt lamps, is the ratio of bedroom size to lamp size. For an average size bedroom you should find a 2-3kg salt lamp suffices. However for a larger room such as a living room we’d advise a lamp size of around 8-10kgs.
A good benchmark to aim for, to properly cleanse a rooms air, is 1 pound of salt crystal per 16 square feet of floor space.
Of course there is always the option of having more than 1 salt lamp in a larger room!
If you take these simple steps to clean a himalayan salt lamp and look after it properly, it should give you years of pleasure and health benefits.
Do you have any extra tips on looking after Himalayan crystal rock salt lamps? Our other readers would love to hear, so please do add them to the comments below…
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