Candle Care 101: Simple Tips To Help Your Candle Last Longer
Candles are comforting, relaxing, and can add the right feeling to a room or moment – but they also need a bit of care so they last longer. To help you care for your candle and get great results every time you burn it, here are a few simple candle care tips.
How to take care of your candle:
1. For your candle’s first burn, make sure it burns evenly.
When burning your candle for the very first time, burn your candle for an hour or more. A good rule is to burn the candle for 1 hour for every inch of the candle's diameter.
Burning your candle long enough so that the pool of wax extends to the rim of the jar allows the candle to set its wax “memory.” Each time you burn the candle, it will "remember" to burn out to the rim and help avoid tunneling.2. Trim the wick before burning your candle.
Trimming the wick is a very important step. This will allow the candle to have a long, clean, even burn and avoid any soot buildup or issues.
We recommend you always trim your wick to 1/4" before EACH use.
When you trim the wick, turn the solidified candle upside down to prevent the burnt wick from falling into the candle. Trim the wick or remove the “mushroom” left by the previous burn using a wick trimmer,
3. Don’t burn your candle for over 4 hours.
If you burn the candle for too long, it can compromise its scent and lead to smoking, which can create marks on the candle’s container.
4. Burn your candle away from drafts.
Keep your candle away from drafts, air currents, or vents. The constant rush of air can cause your candle to burn unevenly and increase the chances of the candle putting off soot.
5. Extinguish your candle with a candle snuffer.
The best way to avoid wax splatter is to use a candle snuffer each time you put out the candle’s flame.
Don't use the lid to extinguish the flame because it can stain the glass and leave smoke marks. If you plan on blowing out the candle, blow softly so as not to make a mess with the wax. You can also put out the candle by using a wick dipper to dip the wick into the melted pool of wax and then straighten the wick before it dries. This helps stop smoking or “afterglow.”
6. Store the candle in a dark, cool area.
This will keep the candle from being affected by light or heat that will shorten its life. Also, keep the candle in an upright, level position when you store it.
7. Don’t burn your candle all the way down.
You should stop using a candle before it runs out of wax. Burning a candle all the way down can cause the container to superheat and possibly create a mess. To preserve your candle container, leave about half an inch of wax on the bottom.
If you plan on reusing your candle container, burn off the rest of the wax with a mug warmer or place the candle in the freezer. When frozen, the wax will shrink and make it easy to remove.
A Few Dos and Don'ts of Candle Usage:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended!
- Always burn candles on a protective, heat-resistant surface.
- Never burn a candle near anything flammable.
- Keep candles away from kids and animals.
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