How To Care For And Clean A Himalayan Salt Lamp

Basic tips on how to care for your Himalayan Salt Lamp

Now unlike any other table lamp that you may have in your home. Himalayan rock salt lamps need that slightly extra attention than a simple wipe with a cloth that you may do with your traditional table lamp.

Your Himalayan candle lamp will last for many years with proper care.

  • To clean your Wonderful Scents Himalayan Salt Lamp, switch lamp off and wipe it with a dry cloth or a slightly damp sponge.
  • Leave your salt lamp on wherever possible as the heat from the light bulb will prevent the lamp absorbing moisture
  • Never immerse the lamp in water or leave in an area where water will directly come in contact with its surface.
  • To clean the candle lamp, simply use a damp washcloth to wipe the surface clean.
  • Do not use soap or other cleansing products.

1. Himalayan salt lamps absorb moisture so they sweat.

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 sweating

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.

Increase the wattage of the bulb

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.

Dimmer switch

If you use your lamp in your bedroom and find that keeping your lamp on 24 hours 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.

2. How to clean a himalayan salt lamp caring for a himalayan salt lamp

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.

3. Avoid High Humidity for long periods of time

Avoid situating your lamp in high humidity areas like a bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms.

4. Changing your rock salt lamps bulb

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.

Does the bulb burn out too quickly?

If you find that your bulb is blowing 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.

If you move your lamp around very often, it is possible that the bulb is getting jostled around and cracked against the inside of the lamp. Again, this could result in broken glass, an oxidized filament and a white smokey appearance on the burnt out bulb.

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