Burning the candle at both ends

How to make to most of your candles
Three candles on a black background

With autumn now in full swing the use of atmospheric candle light in your home becomes more popular. Trails of black smoke, a mushroom shaped wick and soot stains on the jar however, may be a lack lustre side effect of candle burning. Here are some tips to make your candles last longer.

Burn for two hours on first use – You should always burn your candle for a couple of hours when first lighting it. This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning when next lighting it. Wax has a memory so it is important not to skip this step to make sure you get the most even burning out of your candle.”

 Don’t place your candle in a draughty area – another way to make your candle last longer is to avoid placing your candle in a draughty area, as this means your candle will be consumed more rapidly.

Trim your wick – trimming the wick is very important. The longer the wick, the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer. It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn’t over-heating.

Re-centre your wick after each burn – as well as trimming your wick, to prevent soot stains forming on the glass make sure you re-centre it after putting your candle out, when the wax is still liquid. This will prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the glass.

Clean the glass – Should your glass turn black due to the candle having been left to burn for too long, then use a wet cotton pad with warm soapy water and gently rub it on the black stains.