How to refresh beeswax wraps?

With the correct care and attention, your Green Bee® beeswax wraps should last for around 12 months. 

Depending on use, we generally recommend refreshing your wraps every 2 to 3 months. You'll know they need a refresh if they start to display deep fold lines, become less sticky, or the wax shows signs of drying. The latter can be accelerated through regular use in a fridge or freezer. 

REFRESHING” is the process of redistributing the existing wax on your wraps without adding any additional wax. This is designed to reinvigorate your wrap with very little intervention.

RE-WAXING" on the other hand involves adding additional wax to your wraps.

This particular guide will walk you through the REFRESH process. There are three very simple options available when the time comes to refresh:

1. HAIRDRYER REFRESH METHOD

Hold wrap in your fingertips then use a hairdryer on a high heat / low blow setting to gently warm your wrap and redistribute the wax. This is the quickest and easiest way to refresh your wraps and can be completed in a matter of minutes. Ensure you do not use a fast blow setting as this may inadvertently spray the heated wax.

2. ELECTRIC OVEN REFRESH METHOD

Place your wrap on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Place the tray in an ELECTRIC oven, pre-heated to 60ºC for around 3 to 4 minutes to allow the wax to redistribute. Once removed from the oven, be sure to separate your wrap from the baking paper before the wax has time to cool.

Note: Do not not leave your wrap unattended in the oven, and do not use a gas appliance for this task as beeswax is flammable when presented to a naked flame.

3. IRON REFRESH METHOD

Place your wrap in between two sheets of baking paper. Iron for a few seconds on a high temperature with no steam. Once the wax has been redistributed, remove from the baking sheets immediately and then waft your wraps to encourage drying.

WHAT IF REFRESHING DOESN'T WORK?

There will come a time when refreshing doesn't work as effectively. When this happens we recommend that you re-wax your wraps using the instructions in our RE-WAX article. You'll also know that a re-wax is due as your wraps will start to lose their stiffness and feel more like standard fabric.  

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  • Great advice, as always , thankyou 😊

    Shirley Reilly

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