To ensure the longevity and safety of your candles, here are some tips on how to look after them:
Trim the wick: Before each use, trim the wick to about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) to promote a clean and even burn. Long or improperly trimmed wicks can lead to excessive flickering, smoking, or uneven melting.
- Burn it properly: When lighting the candle for the first time, allow it to burn until the entire surface becomes liquid to prevent tunneling, where the candle burns only in the center and wastes wax. For subsequent uses, avoid burning the candle for more than 4 hours at a time to prevent overheating and ensure an even burn.
Keep it away from drafts: Avoid placing candles in drafty areas as it can cause uneven burning, smoking, or dripping. Drafts can also affect the scent throw of the candle.
Use a candle snuffer: Extinguish the candle flame using a candle snuffer rather than blowing it out, as blowing can create smoke and potentially cause hot wax to splatter. This helps to prevent unnecessary smoke and ensures a clean burn.
Keep the wax pool clean: Remove any debris or wick trimmings from the wax pool to prevent them from catching fire or creating a sooty residue. This also helps to maintain a clean and steady burn.
Store properly: If you have unused candles, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent color fading or warping. Extreme temperature changes can also affect the quality of the candle.
Use a candle holder: Place your candle in a sturdy and heat-resistant candle holder to protect surfaces from heat damage and prevent accidents. Make sure the holder is larger than the candle to catch any melted wax.
Never leave unattended: Never leave a burning candle unattended. Always extinguish the flame before leaving the room or going to bed for safety reasons.
Remember, each candle may have specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer, so it’s always a good idea to read and follow those guidelines for the best results.