How to Clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp?
Himalayan salt lamps are both beautiful and beneficial to your health, helping to clear the air and improve mood while they provide a light source in any room. However, they do have one disadvantage: they need regular cleaning! Cleaning your salt lamp takes only minutes, but the results will last you months. Keep reading to learn more about how to clean a Himalayan salt lamp at home, as well as some tips on preventing buildup in the first place.
How to Clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp
The following are some tips and tricks regarding How to Clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp:
Unplug the cord from your lamp
All lamps should be unplugged when cleaning them to avoid an electrical shock, so the first step is to unplug your lamp. Once it’s unplugged, feel free to use some warm water and dish soap to scrub away any dust on the lamp’s surface. The best way to do that is with a damp cloth but you can also use a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush if needed.
Vacuum dust off the surface with a small, soft brush attachment
To avoid scratching your lamp, use only soft brushes when cleaning. Use one that’s small enough to get into hard-to-reach areas, but large enough that you don’t risk damaging any of your lamp’s details. Be careful when vacuuming around any crystals: some salt lamps have real crystals or glass bits and parts, so take care not to vacuum up anything other than dust.
Let your salt lamp air out outside for an hour
Some of your lamp’s mineral deposits may be too firmly packed inside for you to remove them with a simple rinse. If you don’t have time to scrub, place your lamp outside in an area where there’s plenty of fresh air and sunlight; in just one hour, its natural minerals will come out on their own. After an hour, return your lamp inside and finish cleaning.
Lay it flat on newspaper outside in sunlight
Lay your salt lamp outside, on some newspaper, for about an hour. The heat and light from the sun will draw out any excess moisture, leaving your salt lamp clean and safe to use. Make sure you set up near some bushes or something else that can catch any moisture that seeps out of it while it is being cleaned.
Choose the Right Cleaning Cloth
Many people assume that you should use a dry cloth when cleaning your salt lamp, but that’s not always necessary. If your lamp is clean and free of dust and debris, simply wipe it down with water or dampen a cloth slightly so that it doesn’t scratch your lamp. Be sure not to submerge your salt lamp in water, as exposure to liquids can cause damage over time. Use warm (not hot) water on cold lamps and cool water on heated lamps.
Dab Cloth, Don’t Rub
Don’t wipe salt lamps with tissue, paper towels, or rags—these materials will scratch and damage your lamp. Instead, use a soft cloth dabbed with warm water and a little bit of soap. The roughness of these substances can dull your lamp’s finish over time.
Can I Wash My Himalayan Salt Lamp?
You should not wash your salt lamp. You do not want to wash the Himalayan salt lamp since water will dissolve the salt. If you have stains on the lamp or want to remove the layer of dust that forms after some time, then you can try cleaning with a damp cloth. Make sure that you do not rub hard as it might damage the surface. Do not immerse your lamp in water or wipe it dry with a towel.
Can I Clean My Salt Lamp With a Damp Cloth?
You can clean your salt lamp with a damp cloth, but only when you have dust or debris stuck on its surface. Make sure that it’s dry and free from water, since any dampness may damage your lamp. Also, you should not apply soap or detergent for cleaning. For more delicate types of lamps, use baby oil instead of water. Apply it gently and let it sit for about half an hour before wiping it off with a damp cloth.
How Often Should you Clean your Salt Lamp?
The frequency of cleaning your salt lamp depends largely on how much it’s used and where it’s placed. For best results, clean your salt lamp at least once per month by wiping it down with a wet cloth or sponge (cool water is fine). You can also wash your salt lamp about once every six months in warm, soapy water. Remember to let dry thoroughly before using again.
How Long Can You Leave a Salt Lamp On?
It’s recommended that you keep your salt lamp on for eight hours or more each day. The heat that emanates from your lamp may burn something if it is kept on for too long, so always ensure it has enough time to cool down in between use. To keep your lamp running smoothly, turn it off once a week and gently wipe down any dust that accumulates with a damp cloth.
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Places where you should not place your salt lamp
The following are some places where you should not place your salt lamp:
- A room with the high and unusual level of moisture
- Outside during night
- In rain
- In basement
- In bathroom for longer time
Let’s Sum Up
Cleaning your salt lamp is really easy, and will help to keep it looking beautiful and shiny long into the future. As always, if you have any questions regarding How to Clean a Himalayan Salt Lamp, feel free to contact us.