One of the great things about Himalayan Salt Lamps is that they are an extremely low-maintenance device. In non-humid conditions, your salt lamp will require very little attention from you at all.
Like anything else in your home, you salt lamp will get dusty, just in the normal run of things. It is also worth remembering that the way the salt lamp removes impurities from the air around it is that they are absorbed in tiny droplets of moisture in the air. The water evaporates from the surface of the lamp when it is on and slightly warm. For this reason, as well as because of the natural accumulation of dust, it is worth cleaning your salt lamp at least once a month, but there is no harm in cleaning it more than that if you are so inclined.
Cleaning your Salt Lamp
Simply take a slightly damp cloth and wipe the outside of your lamp gently. This will remove any dust that has built up, and also wipe away the impurities that can build up on your lamp through prolonged use. If you live in a city, you may need to do this fairly regularly, as city air is rarely clean and dirt free – quite the opposite in fact.
Just a quick wipe like this will be sufficient to return your lamp to its original pristine condition.
Keep a Stock of Bulbs In
Although Himalayan Salt is a great mineral to have around your house, it’s de-ionising properties increase dramatically when it is lit, and you should try to make sure that yours is on as much as possible. They only require small, low-wattage bulbs, and so do not eat up the electricity like other electrical devices can.
To make sure that you can enjoy uninterrupted warm salty amber glowy loveliness, and also feel the continuous benefits of the salt lamp’s ability to clean the air of impurities and distribute negative ions, it is worth buying a pack of replacement bulbs at the same time as you get your salt lamp.
If you have any other problems with your salt lamp they will likely fall into one of two categories.
The first is excess moisture.
If you live in a very humid place, the levels of water vapour in the air may be so high that your salt lamp appears to ‘sweat’. This is quite normal and shows that your lamp is working properly. There is not need to panic! Simply place your lamp on a saucer or plate to catch any moisture that runs down the sides. Do not ignore it as it may mark the table or desk where you have your salt lamp. Also be careful that excess water does not have a chance to be carried down the wires to the switch or to the plug socket. A little care when placing your lamp should be sufficient to make sure this does not happen.
The second problem is faulty electronics.
If your lamp flickers or has stopped working despite you having made sure there is a working bulb in it, you may have a problem with the electronics. It may be that the fuse needs replacing in the plug. If so, make sure you use the same kind of fuse that the lamp came fitted with – most likely a 3A fuse.
If that is not the problem, then it’s most likely nothing more than a loose connection somewhere. If you are ‘handy’ or know someone who is, this is most likely a very easy problem to fix. Don’t try to fix it unless you are confident that you can do it yourself, and for goodness sake unplug the thing before you try and do anything with it.
If you really don’t know anyone who can help, and are not confident yourself, any neighbourhood electrician will be more that capable of fixing it for you – just give one a call!