Have you ever had issues when burning a candle? Don’t worry, we have too!
The environment in which a candle is burned and how it is maintained are the most significant factors in how it will before. Follow the instructions and tips below to help ensure optimal results when burning your candles!
- Trip the wick to 3/4″ each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, high flames, smoking or sooting. Use a sharp wick trimmer to scissors to trim the wick. Using a dull tool will split the wick’s threads, causing it to “mushroom” excessively.
- Center and straighten the wick after blowing out your candle. A wick that has migrated to the edge of the candle glass will cause the candle to tunnel and may cause the glass to crack and break if it burns near or against the call of the candle. Use a candle wick snuffer/tweezers to gently straighten and guide the wick back to the candle’s center while the wax is still melted.
- Burn candles in a well-ventilated room!
- Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, fans or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, smoking or sooting.
- Before re-lighting a candle, let the candle cool completely (a candle generally takes approximately 2 hours to cool). Trim the wick and check for unwanted drafts.
- Burn regular sized candles for 3-4 hours at a time. Small votives should only be burned for 2 hours at a time. Burning for shorter periods of time can cause the candle to “tunnel” burn (leaving excessive wax remaining on the container’s sides). Burning for longer periods of time can create soot on the glass or cause the glass to become extremely hot.
- Burn candles in an ambient of 65-75 degrees F. Colder or warmer environments will significantly affect the candle’s burn performance.
- When burning multiple candles, place the candles at least 8 inches apart. This ensures that the candles do not affect each other’s burn performance with the head they generate.
- If a candle is burning unevenly and the wick is centered, it is in a draft. Rotate the candle 90 degrees periodically to keep it burning uniformly, or move it to another location.
Happy candle burning!