Candle maintenance so you get more burn for your money!
Candles have become a luxury treat for many people, including myself. We browse many a website or store for the perfect fragrances which will create a soothing and relaxing ambience within our homes. I absolutely love the soft, warm glow that a candle creates with a delicate aroma swirling around the room. This is why a little care and attention with your candles is important for us, as the better we look after them, the better burn you will get,
If you want to keep your candles in the best condition, follow these useful tips to incorporate into your candle routine!
The very first burn is important!
When you first light your new purchase, make sure you burn for long enough so that the top layer completely melts. It should take around 3/4 hours to reach this point, otherwise tunnelling may incur on the second burn. Whats tunnelling? When wax is left all around the edges of a candle and even when it burns down, the wax never melts around the sides.
When I’ve previously tested my candles, they always look like they will start to tunnel, but as you continue to burn down and come to the end, there is never any wax left on the glass.
Always trim your wick!
This is such an essential part to candle care and personally one I never knew before I started making candles. It’s so important that before each burn, you always trim your wick to around 3mm.
By keeping your wick trimmed, it will help your candle to create an even and clean burn. You can purchase wick trimmers, but personally, I just use a pair of sharp scissors which does the same job. Just make sure you don’t cut the wick too short so you’re unable to light it again.
Burn for 4 hours at a time!
I would personally recommend only having your candles lit for around 4 hours each time. This will help to eleviate any damage or potential issues.
Please do remember - never leave a lit flame unattended and always keep away from children and pets. Don’t touch a candle until it has completely cooled down to avoid any personal harm. Do make sure that you place candles away from any draughts or flammable objects and always place on a heatproof surface.
Reaching the last half an inch!
We will all want to get as much use from our candles as possible, however, it is recommended that when you get to the last half an inch of wax left in your vessel you don’t burn any further. Why? Well, burning right to the very bottom of the vessel can cause the jar to become overheated, which in turn can cause your vessel to crack or even break and damage the surface your candle is sitting on.
If you have learnt any other candle care tips along the way, drop them in the comments below and share with us.
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