Elegant and sophisticated, candles are the perfect finishing touch to any home's decor, not only for their glorious scent but also for the cozy candlelight they throw. To help you make the most of your candles, we've pulled together 12 top candle care tips.
THE FIRST BURN
When lighting for the first time, burn the candle until wax melts across the entire surface up to the sides of the vessel as this will prevent tunneling, and create an even burn for the duration of the candle's 'life.' This may take up to 2-4 hours, but we promise it will make your candle last longer.
TRIM YOUR WICKS
"We can't express the importance of maintaining a short wick to get the most out of your candle," says Claire. "We recommend trimming your wick before every lighting. The wick only needs to be approximately 6mm in length; keeping it this length will avoid mushrooming, which can result in unnecessary soot. This also controls the size of the flame, allowing you to get the most time out of your candle".
HOW TO HANDLE SOOT
If soot forms on the inside of the vessel, extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Trim the wick and relight.
KEEP THE WAX CLEAN
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, and debris at all times.
HOW TO EXTINGUISH A CANDLE
Extinguish candle with a snuffer, or dip the wick into the melted wax and then straighten wick to prevent smoking and also prevent hot wax from splattering. Do not blow out.
KEEP AWAY FROM WINDY SPACES
Draughts decrease burn time, cause uneven burning, smoking, and diminished scent throw.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CANDLE IS BURNING PROPERLY
Efficient burning means flame is not flickering, teardrop-shaped, and upright. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. These signs indicate the candle is not burning properly, and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.
DON’T BURN ALL THE WAY DOWN
"It is also essential candles are not burnt when there is 10mm of wax or less remaining in the jar," says Claire. "Although it is tempting to continue burning your candle until the wax is gone, we strongly advise against this as the flame needs a solid base of wax to avoid overheating the glass jar."
YOUR SCENT THROW
Open windows and doors will disperse scent and lessen the concentration. For maximum fragrance, keep windows and doors closed and burn in the desired space for 30 mins before entering.
HOW TO STORE CANDLES
Always store your candles in a cool, dark, and dry place. Scented candles also look great stored under a glass cloche, which also protects from dust.
Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, such as a spotlight.
HOW TO CLEAN CANDLES
You can remove dust and fingerprints from a candle by gently rubbing the surface with a piece of nylon or a soft cloth. The cloth can be dry or slightly dampened with water.