To fully enjoy your candle experience, you have to know how to properly care for your candles. An amazing candle burning journey starts with you investing in high-quality, non-toxic soy or beeswax candles and continues with the proper care and maintenance for your investments.
Here are some helpful candle care tips to help you make the most of your candles.
1) The first burn of your candles is the most important part. You have to let the wax melt across the entire surface of the candle to avoid tunneling and help your candle burn evenly throughout its lifetime.
2) Another way to prevent tunneling is to use a candle lid like this one from Yankee Candle. Using these candle jar toppers allows for a cleaner, more even burn and helps to avoid tunneling as it keeps the flame steady.
3) Keep those wicks trimmed. Always trim the wick to ⅛ inches before lighting your candle or every 3 hours of burn time. This helps the candle burn evenly.
4) Don’t blow out your candles! Use a proper tool like a bell snuffer or a wick dipper. You can find a complete wick trimmer, wick dipper, and bell snuffer set from Wickman here.
5) Don’t neglect your burning candles. Aside from being a safety hazard, burning your candles for too long reduces its efficiency and might lead to uneven burning and a possibly diminished scent throw. Different candle manufacturers recommend different acceptable periods for burning. Always follow their recommendations and safety precautions. In general, it’s advisable to keep your candle burning for only 3 - 4 hours at a time. After this, snuff it out, let it cool to room temperature, and relight as you want.
6) Keep your candle’s wax pool free of debris at all times. Wickman offers an all-around candle tool that allows you to dig out buried or broken wicks and carve off bulges on pillar candles. You can find the Wickman Candle Tool here.
7) Keep your doors and windows closed to avoid draughts that can increase candle smoking. This will also help maximize scent throw.
8) Always burn your candles in a safe spot. Keep them away from other heat sources, draughts, or anything flammable.
9) Don’t expose your candles to direct sunlight or too much heat. Store them in a cool, dry location.
10) When there’s only about half an inch of wax left in your candle, it’s time to throw it out and buy a new one!
Show your candles the love they deserve and you will surely have a happier, more relaxing candle experience.