How to Care For Your Himalayan Salt Lamp!

How to care for your Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are a beautiful addition to the home, but it’s important to look after them correctly in order to reap their benefits! Although they may be fragile, Himalayan salt lamps can last for decades when maintained with proper care.

From cleaning your lamp to storing it safely, keep reading for our Himalayan salt lamp care guide below.

What is a Himalayan salt lamp?

Not yet familiar with Himalayan salt lamps? Himalayan salt lamps are handcrafted chunks of ancient crystal, hollowed out to hold a lightbulb within. When switched on, these lamps emit a warm, amber glow, and are renowned for their ability to purify the air, produce negative ions and even promote better sleeping patterns. 

Before we get into maintaining your salt lamp, it’s important to make sure you purchase a genuine salt lamp in the first place. Genuine Himalayan salt lamps will last for many years with proper care, while fake salt lamps won’t have the same longevity. 

So how can you be sure your salt lamp is the real deal? There are a few key things to look out for, such as brightness, durability and moisture retention. 

Himalayan salt lamp care guide

Now, let’s talk about maintaining and caring for your salt lamp. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below:

Where should you put your Himalayan salt lamp?

Once you’ve purchased a Himalayan salt lamp, your first decision will be where to place it! We recommend placing your Himalayan salt lamp in the areas of your home where you spend the most time (such as bedrooms, living spaces and offices) to get the best out of them. However, keep the following safety tips in mind before deciding on a position:

  • Place your Himalayan salt lamp on a flat, sturdy surface out of reach from pets or young kids. 
  • Don’t place your salt lamp in damp rooms with high moisture levels such as bathrooms or laundries. In these environments, your salt lamp could collect excessive moisture.
  • Don’t place your salt lamp on top of electronic devices like microwaves or speakers, to prevent moisture from leaking into them.
  • Don’t place your salt lamp in an area where it will be exposed to the elements, such as outdoor decks, balconies or next to open windows.
  • When moving your salt lamp from one room to another, be sure to turn it off and move it slowly without any sudden movements to avoid the bulb clashing against the lamp.

It’s also important to remember that Himalayan salt lamps are electrical appliances. If you’re going on holidays or leaving your house for an extended period of time, be sure to turn the lamp off, remove the power cord and bulb, and keep it wrapped safely in a plastic bag or towel until you return.

How should you clean your Himalayan salt lamp?

When it comes to cleaning, Himalayan salt lamps are very low-maintenance and don’t require frequent cleaning. If you do need to clean your lamp, never immerse it in water – simply switch the lamp off, use a damp cloth, and wipe the surface gently. Don’t use soap, sprays or any other cleaning products on your Himalayan salt lamp.

How can I stop my Himalayan salt lamp from sweating?

Due to their hygroscopic nature, you may notice beads of “sweat” on your Himalayan salt lamp as it attracts and absorbs moisture from the air. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about, but the best way to avoid excessive sweating is to keep your salt lamp turned on as much as possible. Try to keep your salt lamp switched on for at least 16 hours a day (or ideally, 24/7!). Not only will this help you reduce sweating, but it also means you can maximise the benefits of the salt lamp, too.