Pillar, taper, votive, or tea lights: these are just some types of candles, which represent ways to create a pleasant mood and to put an accent on certain spaces in any room of your home. You might want to use only one, or even more candles all over the place, but what is the etiquette of caring for them?
It is the small gestures that count...
Candles are always a part of an amazing pamper routine and classified in many categories: fresh, festive, or relaxing being just a couple of them. Why would you not take proper care of them, and significantly prolong their life? If you would like to know how to do that, here is a small list of things you can personally do:
- Try as much as possible to always let your candles burn until the whole wax surface gets molten, this way avoiding tunneling (the outer ring of wax which is not going to burn anymore), and achieving longer burns.
- Before each burning starts, trim the candle wicks to 6 mm and remove all the black soot, for them to have the cleanest burn possible.
- Avoid burning your candles for more than 4 hours, as they can start forming a ”mushroom-wick”. If they start producing smoke, blow the candle out, trim its wicks, and you can light it again.
- Do not place the pillar candles directly on the furniture, keep them away from excessive drafts, and extinguish them as soon as the wax pool reaches the edge.
- Make sure that all wicks stay centered and use a candle snuffer to extinguish them. If applicable, place the glass lid back on the jar, as they will extinguish themselves this way.
Take care of your candles and they will take care of you!