GOLDEN RULES OF CANDLE BURNING
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Here are our top 5 Golden Rules to answer all the candle burning queries you may have, ensuring that your CAPE ISLAND candles burn perfectly every time. Read along and you’ll turn into a candle burning expert in no time!
1. “My candle is smoking! Help?” – Trim the wick
To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm before each burn. The best time to do this is when the candle wax is completely cool. The wick of a candle serves mainly to absorb liquid wax and release vapour, which then burns in the candle flame. The wick itself burns very slowly, unless it is too long. A long wick can cause the flame to flicker too high which will result in blackening of the glass.
2. “Why is my candle tunneling down the middle?” – Create a melt pool
In order to get the most out of our candles and maximise scent throw, it is ideal for the entire surface of the candle to liquefy. When lighting, it’s important that you have enough time for the wax pool to touch the inside of the glass. This should take 3-4 hours on the large candle and could take slightly longer on the classic candle. Wax has a “memory” and if you extinguish too soon this may result in tunneling.
3. “Can I let my candle burn the entire day?” no no no – The 4-hour rule
As with the initial burn one should never exceed a 4-hour burning time in any subsequent burns. This will help to preserve the fragrance of your candle and prevent unsightly debris and soot from dirtying the wax. Allow your candle to rest for a minimum of 2 hours before lighting again. Discontinue once your candle has 10mm of wax remaining – burning beyond this point will cause excessive smoking and could cause the glass to crack.
4. “What’s the best way to put your candle out?” – Never blow out your candle
Blowing out your candle generates a lot of smoke and debris which mixes with the liquid wax. When the wax is melted it’s best to gently turn the wick into the liquid wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created. After extinguishing, always re-centre the wick so that the candle burns evenly the next time.
5. “How do I get rid of the dust? What should I use”? Keeping Display Candles Clean
To ensure unboxed display candles always remain attractive, remember to clean candle wax surfaces regularly by dabbing with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to remove any dust. You can also clean the glass domes using a soft cloth moistened with alcohol.
General Candle Care safety guide
- Never burn candles in a draft – this will cause an uneven burn
- Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests
- Store your candle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
- Keep away from children, curtains, pets and anything flammable
- Never leave a burning candle unattended
Not sure what to do with your candle jar once the candle is gone? The elegant glass containers are recyclable and we encourage candle lovers to hand wash and re-use them for fun and innovative home décor pieces once their scented candle is finished.