Candle Stand Care
- Care must be taken to make sure that whatever stand or holder you use that your candle is secure in its chosen holder/plate. Extra caution with TIN candles including tin tea light cups which can get very very hot place on a suitable heat proof dish prior to use.
- Recycled containers
- If you have purchased a candle in one of these such as a tin or jar, be cautions of sharp edges around the rim particuarly tin cans do not touch or pick up the candle while lit as the container may be very hot. Place tin candles on a suitable heat proof surface such as a flat stone or plate etc.
- Never light a candle on or in its holder unless it is totally secure. Always test your holder. Keep flames away from glass sides by keeping wick trim.
- Some holders may require to be placed on a heat proof surface or mat. Always check before using your holder that is up to the type of candle you are going to use in it. In particular long burn tea lights will heat up their holder to a hot enough temperature to burn the surface on which the holder stands such as table cloth or wooden top table. Shorter burn t lights and those in polycarbonate cups burn cooler but always check surface first.
- Securing a candle to its holder which has no spikes, this can be done by dripping a little melted wax on to the base of the holder then securing the candle to the melted wax spot, you can also use stick spots (available from our site) which is soft sticky wax for use with candles. Wrapping small piece of tin foil around base of candle can also secure a tighter fit.
- Spike holders - never force a candle onto the spike it may cause the candle to break. Instead heat the spike first with a candle lighter or long match for a few seconds or so this will then allow the spike to sink into the candle better without cracking it. Alternatively you can drill a small hole in the base of your candle to fit over the spike. Use sticky spots to secure if required.
- Cleaning candle holders. Bits of wax and debris can be wiped from the holder with a mild degreaser and kitchen roll or similar in most cases this method is suitable for holders that are not washable. For very stubborn wax plunge your holder (not your hands) into a basin or bucket of boiling hot water this should make all the wax float off the holder. When the water cools the wax should be floating on the top where it can then be collected and disposed of.
- Never allow wax to go down your sink or drains it will block it when it cools.
- Caution should be used with decorative holders such as coloured glass or ceramics, not all holders of this type are suitable to be washed in water, the decorative colour can often be destroyed or damaged in water or with use of a degreaser. Always test holder before washing.
- Dinner Candle fitting - Many of our candle stands have a tulip fitting, this is a small bud like fitting which snugly hugs a dinner or stick candle when in use, these fittings are designed to bend a little in and out to secure the candle. Take care not to force these fittings however or they may snap. Alternative methods of fitting a dinner candle to a holder can be to shave (using a candle shaver) or knife the end of the candle until it fits if candle is too fat, or if too thin wrap a small piece of foil round the base of the candle until it fits.
- Outdoor Candles
Should generally be burned outdoors, they will however often not burn in wet and breezy conditions unless placed in a suitable protected container such as a lantern etc.