Candles are a stunning addition to your home. They are cherished and relished by around seven out of ten families in the US. They fit almost every event, like birthdays, weddings, Christmas, and many others.
However, nothing comes with peace. You would have noted black spots and clouds of black residues on the wall of the black pillar candle holders near the candle. It’s the candle soot that is produced when a candle burns. Though it’s a natural process, it can get worse if you don’t focus on it timely.
Black soot can also start depositing on the table and walls. Thus, it’s essential to understand black soot and how to clean it.
What is Candle Soot In The Black Pillar Candle Holders
The fuel of the candles is the wax, and the wick is the delivery system for the fuel. Soot and little smoke are part of the natural burning process. Well-developed and appropriately kept candles produce minute amounts of smoke and soot and don’t leave black residues.
When a candle burns, the melted wax is pulled up to the wick fueling the chemical reaction and keeping the flame burning. This chemical reaction is called combustion, in which the carbon in the wax ignites with the oxygen in the air and produces carbon dioxide and water vapors.
Candle soot is the excess black smoke that is caused due to incomplete combustion. The smoke contains unburned carbon atoms, which are taken into the air through water vapors in the form of steam which seems like black smoke called soot.
What Causes Candle Soot Production In Black Pillar Candle Holders
Candle soot happens when the normal combustion process is imbalanced. Many reasons can lead to incomplete combustion.
Below are some factors that can cause excess carbon release or candle soot.
- Additive In The Wax: when fragrance or other additives are excessively added to the wax, it can cause candle soot, affecting combustion.
- Unstable Flame: the unstable flame is another cause of candle soot in black candle holders. When the flame is unstable and flickers, the usage of wax alters. Incomplete combustion occurs when flame/wick requires too much wax. As a result of this instability, unequal amounts of carbon are liberated as black smoke.
- Insufficient Air Flow/Oxygen: candles in black pillar candle holders, particularly glass jars, produce soot when it gets near the bottom. The nearer the flame goes to the bottom of the black pillar candle holders, the less oxygen it gets. Due to this, the flame size changes, disturbing the fuel rate and causing candle soot.
- Blocked Wick: excessive additives can block the wick and disturb the rate at which wax is absorbed into the wick. It can cause mushrooming and alter the combustion reaction.
- Wrong Wick Size: when the wick is too small or too large, it can disturb the chemical reaction, and excessive carbon is produced as black smoke.
- Wick Type: wicks having a cotton core don’t produce soot, while zinc core wicks do soot.
How To Clean Soot From The Wall
- You need to take a dry cleaning sponge without water to clean the soot from the wall. Take the sponge and wipe downward to take up the soot. Start from one area and move across the wall. Don’t rub or rotate the sponge as it causes soot to immerse into the wall or expand the stain further.
- Use a degreasing cleaner and sponge to wipe the wall if the above method doesn’t work. Wipe down the wall or circularly to clean rather than scrubbing or rubbing.
- You can also use vinegar alone or mixed with water (dilute mixture) to clean the soot from walls. Mix a teaspoon of dishwasher and vinegar in a gallon of hot water. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe down the wall with the mixture.
- Another way is by rubbing alcohol on the wall and cleaning it with a paper towel.
- You can also use trisodium phosphate to clean the wall. Mix one tablespoon of trisodium phosphate in a gallon of water. Wet a sponge from this mixture and clean the soot.
After cleaning the wall, use ordinary liquid soap to rinse the wall. You can mix soap with water and rinse off the remains of cleaning chemicals using a damp cloth. Dry with a clean cloth when you are done.
How To Clean Soot From Candle Holders
- Blow out the candle and wait for the wick and wax to cool before cleaning black pillar candle holders or removing the candle.
- Dip a soft cloth or paper towel with water and wipe the inner side of black candle holders until the soot or black smoke is removed. It’s a perfect way to clean container-type back pillar candle holders where you can’t remove candles from the candle holders.
- Dip black candle holders in warm and soapy water. Wipe off the black pillar candle holders using a soft cloth till the soot is completely erased. It’s the best way to clean black candle holders without candles.
- Soak a soft cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub the candles to take away black soot or smoke from the candles.
Candle soot is a problem with all types of candles, including black pillar candle holders. It can damage not only your black candle holders but also the wall. However, you can remove this soot from black candle holders with or without candles and the wall. We have mentioned these easy and budget-friendly ways of cleaning candle soot off the wall and candle holders. Use these ways to clean your interiors and give your home an amazing look without much effort.