Incense burning around the home is always pleasant. The sweet aroma is often a source of comfort and produces a relaxing feeling. That is just the tip of the iceberg, as incense can make your home or living space fresh and vibrant. If you have a backflow burner, the better since the cones lie on several burners. The sweet scent comes from the oils contained in the incense cones. This is in addition to other ingredients contained in the incense cones.
However, over time, you will have to clean the burner due to the dirt buildup brought about by these oily remains. The stains can sometimes get too sticky that it comes at a compromise to the sweet aroma. This is primarily around the holes. If you get oil stains at the bottom of the burner, it will be a real headache since you won’t be getting a sweet scent but a foul one. Therefore you need to clean your burner regularly. If you are stuck, then the following ingredients and steps will guide you on how to clean a backflow incense burner.
What you will need
- Warm to hot water
- Ammonia or dish agent
- Paper towel
- Latex Gloves
- Bucket or basin
Below steps will help clean backflow incense burner oil residue.
1. Having warm to hot water
The first thing to keep in mind are the oils mentioned earlier. You can’t clean oil stains using cold water. That’s basic chemistry. Therefore you’ll need to heat some water to moderate temperatures if you don’t have special gloves or moderately hot if your protective gloves. The heated water will ensure that all oils are melted and, therefore, easy to remove. Pour the heated water into a bucket or basin.
2. Apply ammonia and if possible a reliable dish agent
Add a half-cup full of ammonia into the heated water, and if ammonia isn’t available, white vinegar of the same amount will do just fine. Stir the solution thoroughly to ensure the agents are well mixed in with the water.
3. Soak a sponge in the resultant solution
Have a sponge with you before you start the whole process. You don’t want to find lukewarm water when you want to clean the burner finally. Take the sponge and dip it in the still warm solution making sure to wring out excess liquid. Then gently wipe or carefully scrub the cone’s resting area.
Dip the sponge again to remove the stain residue on it then, wipe the smoke path of the burner to where the smoke collects. Repeat the whole process at least three times to make sure that the stuck dirt is loosened and removed.
4. Wipe the burner an all sides, both inside and outside
After step three, you are sure to have the insides completely clean, and you can use a dry sponge to dry the inside of the burner. This will also ensure that no residue is left behind. Using the wet sponge, clean the burner on all sides giving special attention to corners and the curvatures.
5. Taking care of tough areas
If the tough areas are proving difficult, you need not worry. You can rinse the backflow burner with warm water and place it in a plastic bag. Fill the bag with the solution you made in 2 above and let the burner lie in the solution for about ten minutes. After that, shake the bag containing the burner for a considerable period, usually at least five minutes.
Take the burner from the bag and rinse it with lukewarm water. Then use a cotton swab dipped in a cleaning solution to clean the burner channels if need be. You can leave the burner outside to dry or do it yourself using a dry paper towel.
Regularly cleaning your backflow burner will help a great deal since you will not have a lot of stains to remove. It will be a simple task when you get down to it. If you take the time to rinse the burner off after every use will require little energy when cleaning it.
The buildup of stains will sure be limited, and you will have a shiny backflow burner for use. If not, then applying the above steps which will get you a very clean backflow burner to burn incense in your home.