Crucial Care Tips For Beautiful Candles
There is something so inviting and cozy about walking into a home with beautifully lit candles. Candles add ambiance and nostalgic fragrance to your space with little effort. While it’s easy to pick a scent that tempts you and showcases your personality, there are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your candle experience! Sooty glass, lopsided burns, and small wax pools will be history after learning these care techniques.
A full melt pool
The first burn of a candle is the most important. It is crucial to allow the wax to pool over the entire surface to the edges of the container. The candle will burn much more evenly for its lifetime and avoid tunneling. If a candle isn’t allowed to pool to the walls of the vessel, it will form what’s called a “memory ring”. It will continue to burn and tunnel from this “memory ring” for the life of the candle. It may take 2-4 hours to achieve a full wax pool based on the size of the candle. The rule is to burn for one hour for every inch in diameter the candle is. Do not burn a candle for longer than 4 hours. The throw of the scent will be improved by a large melt pool as well!
Trim the wicks
Every time you burn a candle, be sure to trim the wicks. Wick trimming is probably the most crucial tip of candle care! Cut wicks approximately 6mm (millimeters) in length to get the most out of your candle. Purchase a wick trimmer for the perfect snip. A short candlewick will produce a smaller flame, giving the candle the maximum hours of burn time. A short wick is also less likely to mushroom and produce black soot. If soot does accumulate on the inside of the container, extinguish the candle and let it cool. After it has cooled completely, trim the wicks and relight.
Leave some wax
Discontinue the use of a candle as the flame nears the bottom of its container. Follow the half-inch rule of leaving that much wax at the bottom of the candle. Once the candle has consumed most of its wax the glass becomes very hot and can heat the surface that it is sitting on. After snuffing or blowing out the candle, wait for it to cool completely before moving it.
Keep the candle clean and free of debris such as wick trimmings, pet hair, and matches. Also, light the candle in a safe space away from wind and drafts that can cause the flames to behave unpredictably. Always burn them out of reach of children and pets, and never leave them unattended.
By following these simple candle care tips, you can expect to get the most from your scented candles! Even the finest of candles will have improved performance and longer lives by using these pointers.