Honey Candles® : Candle Care
- How often should I trim the wick on my natural beeswax candle?
- Depending on which type of candle you are using, you may have to trim the wick. Generally if the flame is flickering or moving back and forth a lot the wick should be trimmed. Occasionally carbon may build up on the wick and resemble a small mushroom. If this occurs extinguish the candle, trim the wick, and relight. For candles that are not symmetrical the full height of the candle (such as our Ornamentals), the melt pool may get very close to the edge of the candle. Before the wax spills over, extinguish the flame, trim the wick and relight. For candles burned in a container such as a votive cup, the flame may get too large for the oxygen supply. This will cause flickering and may cause sooting due to incomplete combustion. Extinguish the flame, trim the wick and relight.
- What is the best way to extinguish my candle?
- For Pillars and larger diameter candles simply dunk the wick into the melted wax and straighten, making sure to center it for an even burn. This eliminates smoking and guarantees an easy relight. Candlesticks such as Tapers, Tubes and Bases should be snuffed out with a smokeless snuffer. Votives should be snuffed out with a smokeless snuffer. To ensure a proper re-light, Tealights should only be extinguished if they are less than half consumed. They should also be snuffed out with a smokeless snuffer.
- Is it important to keep my candle clean?
- Yes! You should never leave matches or trimmed pieces of wick in the candle. The debris can and will act like an additional wick. You may end up with too hot of a burn or with a flame that is close to the edge of the candle resulting in a blow out. The melted wax will spill out and run down your candle. It is best to avoid this mess, but also a good reason to always burn your candles on or in an appropriate holder. OOPS! Odds are if you are reading this you have been faced with a candle blow out and there is wax all over your tablecloth. Learn how to get the wax out and to ensure this does not happen with your next candle, take this preventative measure!
- How do I stop my candle from dripping?
- When a flame flickers a lot the candle may drip. There are a few factors which cause the flame to flicker: drafts from air furnaces, fans, etc. or from quick movements around the candle. If the flame is large, trimming it may help or move your candle to a draft-free environment.
- How do I get natural beeswax out of fabric?
- If you spill on fabric, place the item in the freezer until it hardens and you can chip it off. You can also cover the fabric with paper towel and press a warm iron over the spill and repeat until the wax is absorbed.
- How do I get beeswax out of my candle holder?
- The easiest way to remove beeswax from your holder is to place it in the freezer for a few hours. Once removed from the freezer simply chip the wax off and wash with warm soapy water. Always burn candles on or in appropriate holders.
- All of our 100% pure beeswax candles will develop bloom over time. The whitish film is an indicator of purity and is cherished by candle connoisseurs. Bloom is defined in the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary as a “state or time of beauty, freshness and vigor.” Fully developed bloom will sparkle beautifully in the light and look like crystals or snowflakes. Many candle lovers like the look of fully bloomed candles, especially for Christmas. Beeswax candles that have been blended with other waxes will not develop bloom. If you prefer a polished look, simply buff with a soft cloth, nylon stockings or cheesecloth. You can also run a warm blow dryer over the candle.
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