We have gathered the most useful tips from candle factories in order to help you keep your candle in the best condition and enjoy it for as long as possible.
Here are the best tips from candle factories
Store Your Candles Wisely
When your candle isn’t in use, store it in a cool dry place. Cover it with a candle lid to protect the wax from dust, which can dull your candle’s scent and cause issues during burning.
Condensation on the surface of a candle is a sign it has not been stored correctly, or that it has been stored for too long. Wipe away any condensation with a paper towel before lighting for an optimal burn.
Storing candles for too long can affect the fragrance. Use your candle within a reasonable time frame to get the most from the fragrance.
The Burning Issues
Keep your wick trimmed to 5mm. You can do this with scissors. This will give a much cleaner burn and prevent the candle from creating soot. It will also prevent secondary ignition (which we discuss later).
Allow the wax pool to fully melt to the edge of the candle before extinguishing. This will make your candle last much longer and will prevent it from tunnelling.
Keep your candles away from drafts to keep the flame a steady size. An unsteady flame can cause soot. It can also make your candle burn faster because a larger flame will be hotter.
Snuff it Out
Use a candle snuffer to extinguish your candle. Candle snuffers prevent excess smoke escaping when the wick is being extinguished. This can prevent the discolouration of the walls beside the candle.
When your candle burns down to 5mm from the bottom, it’s time to let go. Leaving your candle to burn out can make the container incredibly hot. This can cause damage to your surfaces or even become a safety issue.
Keep an Eye on Your Candles
It might be an obvious one but we have to say it! Never leave candles unattended or without adult supervision. Keep them out of reach of children and pets and make sure that they can’t be pulled down.
Pick the Right Surface
Make sure that your candles are on a heatproof surface when lit. Keep them away from flammable fabrics and plastic.
Tea lights can be particularly problematic because the flame takes up a higher proportion of the container than it does in most candles. This means the container can get very hot so don’t put them on a plastic surface.
Prevent Secondary Ignition
Not many people know about secondary ignition but it’s what we call it when a piece of debris in the candle goes on fire. The debris could be a match that was dropped in the candle or a piece of wick that has broken off.
It’s called secondary ignition because it acts as a second wick causing the candle to be much too hot for its container. If it’s not dealt with, it can cause your container to explode.
If you spot any debris in your candle extinguish the flame and fish it out with a heat proof tool like a fork.