Specialising in candles and other home accessories, Browns Home Accessories are experts when it comes to getting the best out of your new candles. The following guide will help to improve the performance of any one of our candles.
First Lighting: Before Lighting a candle it is important to trim the wick of the candle to 1/4 inch before every use to ensure the candle burns efficiently. A wick that is too long, can cause the candle flame to grow too large and flare. Cutting the wick ensures that the wick pulls up the right amount of wax to be "consumed" by the flame.
Pillars and Votives are a little different. The first time you light them, allow them to burn until the melted wax covers the top of the candle. This will prevent your candle from boring a deep well in its centre and wasting some of the wax around the edges.
Positioning: Placing your candle in certain environments can affect its performance, for example putting a candle next to another heat source such as a fire or radiator can cause a lit candle to melt much quicker than expected. Putting them in sunlight can cause the colour to fade and may affect performance.
Extinguishing: The most effective way to extinguish the flame of a candle is to use a "candle snuffer", it keeps the wick centred as well as preventing the melted wax from spraying.
Maintenance: The heat from the flame can dull any candle's finish. In order to keep your candle at it's best, buff with a soft cotton cloth or an old nylon prior to lighting to remove dust and small scratches.
Storage: Candles should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place. Also make sure that they are kept flat to prevent warping.
Removing Wax: If your candle happens to spill wax onto your clothes or other washable fabrics, don't panic! Once dried scrape off the excess wax and run boiling water through the material. This will also work to remove dried wax from candle holders.
I hope this guide has proved helpful to you and if you have any additional tips on improving candle performance please contact us.