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How to Clean Your Himalayan Salt Lamp

how to clean your himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are great additions to any homes because they are beautiful and versatile. If you have decided to get one yourself, you might be wondering how to clean and care for them. With proper care, your Himalayan salt lamp should last for years.

Here are the ways on how to properly clean and care for your Himalayan salt lamps:

Positioning and Placement

Putting your Himalayan salt lamps in the right place is important because they are heavy. Dropping them would most certainly result in breakage or even worse. Given their weight, if they land on someone, they might cause injury. It is highly recommended to put them out of the reach of children and pets. You may also want to place your lamp on top of a coaster to prevent any damage to surfaces.

Salt inherently attracts water which makes your Himalayan salt lamp to sweat especially if you place it in a humid and damp areas of your house. It’s best to not place your lamp near the bath, shower, dishwasher and cooking area.

And finally, you may not want to place your lamp next to a loudspeaker. The vibrations from any loudspeaker can cause the bulb to touch the inside of the lamp which can result in irreparable damage to your lamp.

Proper Cleaning

Salt has natural self-cleaning properties so there’s really no need to wash your salt lamp regularly. But you may need to clean it from time to time if it gets dusty and marked.

When cleaning your salt lamp, it’s important to remember not to submerge it in water and never toss it in the dishwasher.

Before cleaning your salt lamp, turn it off and allow it to cool at room temperature. Then remove the salt part of the lamp from the power cord, bulb and base. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe dust and dirt. Make sure to squeeze out as much water as you can. You can even use a lint-free cloth for this so you won’t end up leaving bits on the surface of the lamp. If the stain and dirt is tough, give your it a good scrub using a scourer. This won’t damage the lamp so there is no need to worry. Remove any excess moisture using a dry cloth, reassemble then turn it on to fully dry it.

Extra Tips

Using a bulb in the correct size and wattage for your lamp can help improve its function. Generally, salt lamps need the right amount of heat to evaporate moisture they normally attract. LED bulbs may sound great in terms of energy consumption but they do not produce enough heat to dry out any moisture.

Make sure that the bulb inside the lamp is not touching any surface. Otherwise, it may lead to water damage.

Salt lamps can appear ‘sweaty’ and they are best left turned on. However, if you will be away for an extended period of time, it’s highly recommended to disassemble your lamp and store them inside an airtight bag.

Keep your lamps on for 16 hours. This is one way to keep your lamps from sweating especially if you are using a higher wattage bulb. Just make sure to use only the recommended wattage.

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