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Candle Care and Tips

pillars-three-wicks-big_full1Here are some tips I am picking up along the way about taking care of your candles.  

  • To bring out the shine of your candle and to remove surface scratches on the candles, polish it softly with an old pair of pantyhose or fine mesh stockings.
  • For most candles, snip the wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax before each burning for clean and even burning.  This will also keep the flame close enough to melt across the edge of the candle.  Do not cut the wicks of tealights, floaters, and 3-wick candles.  When burning 3-wick candles, point the wicks toward the center of the candle.
  • Of course, do not place candles in direct sunlight since this causes fading and warping.
  • Always place your candles on a flat and leveled surface, away from any draft.
  • For your pillar candles, burn one hour for every inch in diameter.  This will be enough time for the wax to liquefy to the edges of the candle.  Be sure to “hug” gently around the pillar candles towards the wick once it is extinguished and warm.  Mold the candle back to its original shape.  This maintains a flat surface on top, not a deep well.  See picture above.  If you do not burn the pillar for the appropriate time, it will burn down the middle and you will have excess wax on the sides.  Do not “hug” square candles.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish your candles.  Just hold the snuffer above the flame for a few seconds and out goes the flame.  This prevents any wax from being splattered when blowing out the candle and helps keep the wick centered.  If your wick is off center this will cause uneven burning and melting.
  • Store candles in a cool, dry place.
  • If carbon builds on wick, extinguish the candle, trim the wick for clean and even burning, and then re-light.
  • Always burn candles in appropriate candle holders.  
  • And of course, do not burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire!  Never leave a burning candle unattended and in the reach of children or pets.

Please post a comment to let me know if you found this information helpful or if I left out any other important care and safety tip.

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