Everything You Need to Know About Candle Care and Maintenance

Everything You Need to Know About Candle Care and Maintenance

Candles are a great way to add ambience and fragrance to any room, but they do require some care and maintenance in order to be enjoyed safely.

In this article, we will discuss the basics of candle care and maintenance, including how to burn candles safely, how to keep your candles looking good for longer, and what to do if your candle is not burning correctly. By following these tips, you can ensure that your candles remain safe and beautiful for as long as possible.

Everything You Need to Know About Candle Care and Maintenance
Candle care card, by Chè Lux Boutique. Including with every candle order to promote candle safety habits.

The Basics of Safely Burning Candles in Your Home

First, make sure that you always follow the safety instructions given by the manufacturer when lighting and burning candles. This includes keeping them away from open flames, pets and children.

Secondly, be aware of your environment when burning candles. Make sure that there is nothing flammable nearby that could catch fire if the flame gets too high or spreads too far from the candle itself.

Finally, we’ll teach you some tricks for getting your wick just right for an even burn. This includes making sure it's not too short or too long, and keeping it centered in the wax pool as much as possible so that all of your wax can be used up evenly over time.

Tips on Extending the Life of Your Candles

Tip #1: Trick your wick!

Yes, we hear this all the time but what does this actually mean?

Before you first light or relight your candle, be sure to use a wick trimmer to trim the wick to ¼ of an inch. If the wick is too long, the flame will grow to be dangerously high, this could also cause your candle to burn faster than you’d like. If the wick is too short, the melted wax pool surrounding the flame will extinguish it, making it hard to burn and causing tunneling.

If you cut your wick too short, simply use a blow dryer on high heat with fan low to melt the first layer of wax just enough to get a small pool, then pour the melted wax into the trash. This will give your wick enough room to get a good burn and continue the life of your candle.

Tip #2: Let your candle burn!

Not letting your candle burn long enough will shorten the life of it. A candle must burn one hour for every diameter of the jar. Standard sized candles like ours have a three inch diameter, therefore, you should allow it to burn for at least three hours each time you light it. Doing this will prevent tunneling and allow the maximum scent throw to fill the room.

Tip #3: Keep the wax clean.

Keeping the wax clean is an important part of the candle care process. After using your candle a few times, wick debris can accumulate on the surface of the wax and should be removed as soon as you notice.

Fortunately, removing debris from wax isn’t difficult at all. Using a dipper to remove debris from the wax is an easy and effective way to keep it clean.

Everything You Need to Know About Candle Care and Maintenance
Bonfire Candle, by Chè Lux Boutique. A blended fragrance with hints of smokey incense, oud, and leather.


Bottom Line

Candle care and maintenance is an important part of having a safe and enjoyable candle-burning experience. Taking the time to properly maintain your candles will ensure that they last for longer and perform better. By following the tips in this article, you can make sure that your candles are well taken care of and will burn safely. With proper candle care, you can enjoy the beauty of candles without any worries or concerns about safety.

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