I have owned and lit my salt lamp for a few years, but this past week my bedside table where it sits has been covered in tiny pieces of crystalline salt that sticks to the wood. This has never happened before and I am concerned for my table and my salt lamp. The lamp used to "sweat" which I believe is really quite normal but now I have noticed that it feels exceptionally dry and in some parts almost flaky/dusty. I really have no idea what is wrong with my lamp or what I should do. I don't want to add heat or water in case it causes further damage. Please help me, thanks!
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What you've described is fairly common forsalt lamps. Depending on the humidity in the area where you live, and the season, your salt lamp can draw the moisture out of the air and drip or "weep". As this moisture dries, and when there is no humidity in the air for the lamp to draw moisture from, the residue left on the surface of the lamp can be chalky or flaky. Both are normal since the crystalline structure of salt is layered and flaky. To remove the dustiness you can wipe the lamp with a very slightly damp cloth and then leave the light on, this will dry out any excess moisture. I tend to leave my lamp on all day and turn it of at night in order to keep the moisture balanced. You may want to place a cloth or plate under the lamp to protect your table.
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Posted on December 03, 2013
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