Warning labels for candles don’t often tell “why” these specific actions are needed. We aim to tell you the why. We hope this will produce a more thorough knowledge of candle burning for our customers.
- Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/4” (1/8” for jar candles).
This keeps the flame low which helps prevent sooting and makes the candle burn longer. The flame melts the wax, the liquid wax is what the flame uses (as fuel) to keep itself burning. The bigger the flame, the more fuel it needs. Your candles will burn up to 25% longer by trimming the wick every couple of hours.
- Center the wick during the burn and re-center just after putting out the candle.
A lit wick that gets too close to the side of the container will crack the container, liquid wax will leak out. After the candle is put out, moving the wick to center will insure the candle burns evenly the next time its light. Once the wax hardens it’s too late!
- Keep burning candles away from children and pets.
Children need to know a candle is hot and is not a toy. Children and pets, both curious, may be intrigued by the flickering light. Keep candles far out of reach. Pets can knock the candle over or brush by the flame... singe the tail and catch fire to themselves or the curtains or, well, you get the idea.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts or ceiling fans.
The flame needs stability. Flames that flicker can cause sooting. Breezes or drafts can cause the flame to burn erratically and cause the flame to not be as hot as it needs to be to burn off all the carbon and thus will produce soot. A nice even steady flame, ideally about 1/2” in height is perfect.
- Never leave the house with a candle still burning.
Would you leave with the oven on, or the iron on, or the coffee pot on, or would you leave a campfire burning and walk out of the woods? If the candle was burning and you left the house, who would trim the wick?
- Do not burn candles (even in holders) directly on furniture.
The candle holder or candle jar will get hot. The heat could mark up your furniture. Try putting it on a coaster, or pad or doily (oh my, did I say doily?!).
- Keep burning candles far away from anything flammable.
If the window was open (which it shouldn’t be if the candle is nearby) the breeze could blow your curtain right into the flame! Also, think about what is above the candle, like a shelf or cupboard, heat rises.
- If the candle is smoking or sooting, trim the wick.
No one wants soot on their walls or ceiling. Candles left go for extended periods always need the wick trimmed. The smoking or sooting is most likely caused from the flame being too large, trim that wick, often PLEASE.
- Burn candles on sturdy, stable, flat, and level surfaces.
An antique end table in the middle of a high traffic area of the house is not a good place for a flame. It could get bumped into. Candles will burn down evenly if used on level surfaces.
- Let the wax cool and harden before touching or moving the candle.
Liquid wax is very hot and messy. The container will be hot. Don’t make the mistake of moving it and then your hand gets hot and bam! the candle goes down. Or candle wax splashes around in the container, very unsightly.
- If the flame seems too weak, extinguish the candle and pour a little of the liquid wax out (never down the drain).
A candle with a weak flame will tunnel. The candle will burn down but not out. It needs to burn out to use up all of the wax. If you have a tart burner, pour the wax inside there, let nothing go to waste.
If you burn votives, always remove the metal clip that’s left at the bottom when the candle is finished. Don’t stack another votive on top of the wick clip. This will cause the votive candle to burn unevenly and the flame will get to close to the sides and crack the holder.