Keeping Your Candles Clean

Date Posted:6 March 2018 

Keep your candles sparking clean with this simple routine.

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To clean the outside:

  1. Simply dust as needed.
  2. Occasionally wipe with any glass cleaner.

 

To clean the inside:

  1. Remove the wick.
  2. Pour remaining oil into an empty bottle with a screw-on cap for proper disposal.  Do not pour the oil down a sink or toilet.
  3. Pour a small quantity (1/4tsp) of high-quality granular automatic dishwasher soap into the candle.  Fill candle almost to the top with very warm water.  Allow to set overnight.
  4. The next day, pour out the soap solution and thoroughly rinse the inside with clean water from your tap.  Repeat this rinsing process enough times to make certain all the soap solution has been removed and only clear water remains.  If possible, use mineral-free bottled water to rinse.  Remember, the soap solution on your hands and outside surface may make your candle slippery, so hold carefully.
  5. Remove as much water as possible from your candle. Put the candle upright on a biscuit tray and set in a moderately hot (325 degree) oven for about 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off but do not remove the candle.  Allow the oven and candle to completely cool before removing the candle.  You should be able to take the candle out of the oven in 1-2 hours (after it's been turned off).  If there's any moisture left in the candle, repeat the "baking step (#5&6).
  7. After cleaning the inside, and before refilling with lamp oil, spray a soft cloth with a high-grade quality glass cleaner and clean the outside of the candle.  If you avoid spraying directly onto the candle, there'll be less chance of the spray being misdirected to the inside of the candle through the wick hole.
  8. Fill your candle with fresh lamp oil to the prescribed level- and enjoy your sparkling candle!  Remember, if you're also relacing the wick at this time, you may have to allow time (see instruction sheet) for the oil to be drawn up to the top of the wick.

 

Wicks

Wicks can be trimmed by gently pulling out the fibre glass strands with a long nosed tweezer and cutting the hard crust off with a Stanley knife with a pushing down motion rather than a sawing motion.  After trimming gently pull the fibreglass back down from the bottom, so that the wick sits just above the glass tube.  We generally advise an annual trim.


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