Cleaning Your Salt Lamp
To clean your salt lamp without damaging it, you can use a lightly dampened washcloth to wipe it down. Avoid excess exposure to water or cleaning liquids as they can damage the salt body.
If you’re mainly concerned about dust, some other options you can use are a soft bristle brush to gently wipe it away or even compressed air to blow it away. The main objective should be to use a dry cleaning solution as much as possible because salt can dissolve when exposed to liquids.
In fact, this is also true for cleaning selenite lamps as they’re sensitive to water as well.
Care Tips for Your Salt Lamp
To keep your salt lamp in top condition, I recommend that you keep the lamp’s base dry. I have a placemat under my lamp which makes it a bit easier to move it around quickly without worrying about damaging the furniture and collecting any water when the salt lamp sweats.
What to do if Your Lamp Becomes Wet
When my lamp first showed signs of water, I was worried that something was wrong it. It turns out that this is normal for Himalayan salt lamps and shows that the lamp is doing its job.
The lamp attracts moisture from the environment. When it draws too much water, it’s gradually released through the “rock” material.
Removing Excess Moisture from a Lamp
I’ve found a couple of different ways to remove the excess moisture:
- One way to remove the excess water is to keep the lamp on 24/7 or at least 16 hours a day.
- Another method is to use a moisture absorber.
- You can also increase the wattage of the bulb.
Where Should Salt Lamps be Placed for the Best Results?
I recommend placing your salt lamp anywhere you want to reap the benefits of getting exposure to negative ions or just enjoy the gentle glow more easily.
The benefits of being exposed to negative ions include increased energy levels, stress reduction, improved mood, better concentration, and protection from airborne germs. Here are some recommended spots for the lamp.
- Your bedside table: Having mine nearby as I sleep provides me with clean air and a better night’s sleep.
- On home desks where you study or read.
- Next to work desks or couches.
- Anywhere, to the side, of where you spend a significant amount of time.
Avoid Moist or High Humidity Areas
Definitely keep them away from areas that produce or are exposed to high humidity. I highly recommend keeping the salt lamp away from the laundry, kitchen, bathroom, and certainly not outdoors.
Finding a Good, Safe Surface for It
Generally speaking it’s best to put your lamp out of the reach of young children, where you may accidentally bump into it, and also to make sure that the lamp cord is out of the way so it’s not a trip hazard or won’t yank it down. Near open windows is a “no go” as well.
Avoid putting yours on a speaker cabinet as well, especially if you like playing your music with a lot of bass. Placing the lamp on speakers could risk breaking the bulb or the fuse.