Magnificently carved from natural pink salt crystal rocks, Himalayan salt lamps are known to offer several health and environmental benefits, which makes them very useful. The pink salt crystal rocks are mainly found in the hilly region of the mighty Himalayas and are regarded as a highly beneficial wellness product filled with the goodness of nature.
Not only do they look beautiful, but they can also help purify the air and reduce allergens and other pollutants. Plus, they make a great night light or atmosphere enhancer in any room. Whether you're looking for better air quality or just want to add a touch of style to your home, Himalayan salt lamps are a great choice!
However, many people don't realize that these lamps can actually melt if they're left on for too long. Here's what you need to know to prevent your Himalayan salt lamp from melting.
How to Prevent Salt Lamp Leakage
Follow these steps one at a time, and move on to the next only if you find your salt lamp is still wet. A combination of these recommendations will stop the leaks quickly.
1. Avoid putting it in a humid environment: Since the lamp is made of salt, it will absorb water and may begin to melt if placed near water sources. So it is recommended to keep them in a dry area and away from showers, dishwashers, washing machines, and bathtubs. You should also keep it away from any open windows or doors. If you stay in a high humidity region, then the best way to prevent the melting of the salt lamps is to use a dehumidifier.
2. Keep it on at all times: If you leave your lamp on, it will emit heat, which will evaporate the water. Typically it is recommended to keep it on for a minimum of 16 hours per day, but it's much better if you can leave it on all day. If you discover that your lamp has been on all day but is still wet, proceed to the next step to resolve the issue.
3. Use a bulb of high wattage: If you live in a humid environment, you'll need to update your light bulb. Using a bulb with a higher wattage will produce more heat, which will help to evaporate the surplus water. Aslo, when you first get your Himalayan salt lamp, it is important to condition it. This can be done by running a lightbulb of at least 25 watts in the lamp for about 48 hours. After this, the lamp is ready for use.
How to ensure that your salt lamp has a long shelf life?
Now that you know what measures to take to guarantee that your lamp does not leak, let's look at some practical tips for extending the shelf life of your salt lamp.
1. Clean with a moist cloth: To clean your lamp, you don't need anything special. As your lamp actively fights germs on its own, a simple rag soaked in water will suffice. Do not use any type of cleaning solution, as this could damage the lamp. If the lamp gets dirty or dusty, you can blow it off with a hair dryer on low heat.
2. Remove the salt crystals with a scraper: When the water in your lamp evaporates, salt crystals are left behind. It's inconvenient, but you can remove them using a hard plastic tool. Metal tools should be avoided since they can damage your lamp and chip off the sections that aren't tiny crystals.
3. Wrap it in plastic to keep it safe: If you are going on vacation or simply want to store your lamp, wrap it tightly in bubble wrap. When your lamp isn't in use, this will keep it from absorbing moisture. If you don't have any plastic wrap on hand, a sealable plastic bag can suffice; however, be sure it's airtight!
4. Place it away from your music speakers: The vibrations from the music can shake the bulb and damage the inner parts of the lamp, especially if you listen to music loudly. This can cause the bulb to relocate itself or short the fuse, both of which are undesirable outcomes.