Right now, you might be thinking: “That sounds like a no-brainer; how could anyone make those mistakes with a candle?” The answer is simple. Everyone makes those mistakes with a candle at some point. Thankfully, these common errors are easy to avoid if you know what to look out for. Whether you’re new to burning candles or have been doing it for some time, it helps to understand the little things that can either help or hinder the process of lighting and maintaining your candles. Read on to learn about the top five common mistakes people make when burning candles — and how to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Using The Wrong Type Of Candle For The Room
There are many different types of candles out there, each designed for different uses and scents. While it’s true that the type of candle you use isn’t relevant to the way the candle will burn, it is of supreme relevance to the room you’re trying to light up. If you use a scented candle in a room with poor ventilation, the scent will linger long after the candle has been put out. This may be exactly what you’re after if you want an aroma to last for a long time. But if you’re trying to achieve something a bit more subtle — or if you don’t like the smell of your candle — then you need to choose wisely.
Mistake #2: Ignoring Safety Precautions
When it comes to burning candles, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. You should always be aware of the risks of burning candles (especially if you have kids or pets in the house). However, many people still ignore the risks associated with candles because they don’t know about them.
If you’re guilty of this, then you need to make a point of being aware of the following: Be aware of a fire hazard. If you are burning a candle in your home, you should make sure you have an exit route in case of an emergency. This is especially important if you have kids or pets in the home, as they may not be aware of how dangerous a candle fire can be.
Mistake #3: Burning The Wrong Candle
If you’re burning a scented candle in a room without proper ventilation, you may find that it is too strong — or even that the smell turns out to be something you don’t like. On the other hand, if you’re burning a candle with a very subtle scent in a room with proper ventilation, you may not even notice a scent at all. The type of scents you burn in a room will depend on a few things — like the room you’re trying to light up and the mood you’re hoping to achieve. If you’re hoping to create a romantic atmosphere in your living room, for example, you might choose to burn a sandalwood candle. If you want to create a relaxing atmosphere in your den, you might choose to burn a lavender scented candle.
Mistake #4: Buying a Cheap Candle
The cheaper a candle is, the quicker it will burn out. This means that you will have to replace that cheap candle more often. A more expensive candle may cost you more upfront, but it will last longer and actually work out cheaper in the long run. If you want to get more out of the candles you buy, you should choose a more expensive option. When you buy cheap candles, you may also end up damaging the candleholder. For example, you might find that the wax has built up so much on the holder that it’s difficult to clean off. You may also find that the wick has become so saturated with wax that it is too short to draw the flame properly.
So, what now?
Burning a candle is a simple but effective way to add ambience and fragrance to any room in your home. However, the process of burning a candle isn’t always as simple as we would like it to be. To avoid common mistakes, you must be aware of what type of candle to use for the room and what scent to burn in that room. You must also be aware of the risks of burning candles and how to avoid burning the wrong candle for the room.