Good care means a longer lasting candle.
Lighting and enjoying a candle seem basic and easy – and they are! – but there are still some tips and tricks that will help your candle burn more cleanly, evenly, and last longer.
Start off right.
The first time you burn your candle, you want to make sure that the candle burns long enough to allow the wax to fully melt all the way to the edge of the glass vessel. Candles that are not burned for long enough to create this liquid wax pool will “tunnel” and burn down, wasting wax.
Not all surfaces are flat and there could be air movement that keeps your candle from burning smoothly, so it is recommended that you rotate your candle half a turn every 30 minutes or so.
Burn multiple candles as least 3″ away from each other to avoid creating drafts and uneven burning.
Keep the wick short
It is important to trim your wick to 1/4″ before lighting. A long wick will burn too hot, the flame will be too large, and the flame will get sooty. It is best to trim your wick when the candle and wax is fully cooled so bits of the wick don’t contaminate the wax.
Extinguish the flame gently.
The best way to extinguish your burning wick is quickly and gently. You can blow out the flame, but that can splash hot wax. A long toothpick, matchstick handle, or other safe device can be used to quickly dip the flame down into the melted wax. It is not recommended to put the lid on your candle to snuff out the flame. Never use water to extinguish your candle.
There are a few candle safety tips that need to be followed every time you burn a candle.
- Burn candles for no more than four hours at a time. Doing so can cause the wick to enlarge and become too hot.
- Only burn your candle on a heat-safe surface, away from drafts, other heat sources, and away from flammable materials and aerosols.
- Make sure your candle is out of the reach of children and pets, and is in a location where it cannot be knocked over or into.
- Never leave your candle burning unattended or while you are asleep, even for a short period of time.
- Discontinue use of your candle when 1/2″ of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This prevents possible heat damage of the surface or the candle vessel.
- Only burn candles in a room with adequate ventilation.
- Never move your candle with liquid wax.
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