Five Easy Ways To Maintain Your Candle
Candles can be a great, engaging, fun way to enhance any environment. You can fill up any room with your favorite scent, enjoy the unique shapes and colors that they can come in (which is all of them), and even enjoy the therapeutic benefits of certain smells. However, as with any good investment, you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your candle throughout the duration of its life. That’s why we at Krazykandle have put together a list of five simple, effective ways that you can get the most out of your light’s lifetime.
Cut Your Wick
While this may seem counterintuitive at first, simply cutting your starting wick by about 1/8th of an inch can provide you with a bright, clean burn. While the length of any wick varies from candle to candle, it’s always best to trim after about every 4 hours of use.
This can prevent:
Smoke fog on the glass of your candle.
A wick that just won’t light up.
A dull, undesirable “mushroom-like” flame.
Keep Your Flame Protected From Strong Breezes
Before setting up your candle, it’s generally recommended that you take note of your general environment, and try to reduce anything that can reduce your overall experience and enjoyment of a nice flame. Air conditioners, fans, open windows, and even a passerby that walks a little too quickly are all enemies of a quality, long lasting light.
On top of the fact that you don’t want to have to constantly worry about babysitting your fire and relighting it, the aesthetics of your lovely, expensive candle can quickly diminish as you see the smoke trail from your extinguished lights fog up your glass with smoke trails.
The More Wicks, The Better
Having two or three wicks - especially if your candle has a large diameter- can be a great way to prevent issues like tunneling and burns that are too slow (and eventually ineffective). Remember, the more heat you have to cover a certain surface area, the better.
Let The Top Burn Off
When you first light a candle, you want to make sure that you accomplish what’s known as a “full melt”. This will help to prevent what is known as a memory ring and future tunneling. Keep in mind that this may take well over an hour, so you may want to take some time out of your day to watch your candle through this process.
During this phase of your candle care, it’s important to keep in mind that you should throw out your used candles once there’s around ½ an inch of wax remaining at the bottom.
Store Your Candles Properly
Naturally, making sure that your candle is properly stored and taken care of can be incredibly important to its long term usability and looks. Make sure that you store it in an area that’s not too cool or warm (around the 50ºF-85ºF range) to ensure that it doesn't melt or crack. Keeping it in a dark space away from light can also prevent unattractive fading or discoloration.
If you’re looking for a wide selection of quality, unique homemade candles, Krazykandle has you covered. Whether you’re looking for a light that blends in with your alternative aesthetic or lovely, long lasting fragrances, it’s on the menu, made and packaged with love and care.