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How to Take Care of Your Candles?

Jul. 15, 2022

There's a right way and a wrong way to take care of candles. This news may come as a surprise to some people. After all, how much attention might a candle need? But the truth is, there are steps you should take if you want to keep your candles in tip-top shape - most of which are easy to incorporate into your daily life.


1. Before Burning

Before burning the candle, trim the wick at least ¼ inch. This will prevent uneven burning, dripping, or flaming. Learn more here.

Avoid drafts, vents, or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot, and excessive dripping.

Burn the candle for 2-3 hours at a time. This will help the candle burn evenly, and remember to trim the wick before each burn. Learn more about burn times here.

Scented Candle

 Scented Candle

2. While Burning

Never leave a burning candle unattended or light it while you sleep. If you are leaving the room or going to bed, be sure to extinguish all candles first.

Do not touch or move burning candles. Do not move candle containers while the wax is liquefying.

Do not burn candles all the time. For safety reasons, stop burning candles when there is 1/4 inch of wax left in the container.

If burning multiple candles, place each candle at least three inches away from each other. This is to ensure that they do not melt into each other or create their own drafts.


If the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly, extinguish the candles. Allow the candles to cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted airflow before relighting.

Be extra careful when burning candles during power outages. Battery-powered lights such as flashlights are a safer source of light during a power outage.


Never light candles on or near anything that could catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, curtains, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lit candles where children, pets, or anyone else could knock them over.

Luxury Electroplated Jar With Engraved Logo For Candle Making

 Luxury Electroplated Jar With Engraved Logo For Candle Making

3. When putting out a fire

If possible, use a candle straw to extinguish the candle, as this is the safest way to prevent hot wax from splashing.

Do not use water to extinguish candles, as this can cause the hot wax to splatter and possibly break glass containers.

Before leaving the room, make sure your candle is completely extinguished and that the wick remains are not glowing.

Do not touch or move the candle until it has cooled completely.


Notes on candle care

1. Let your candles burn for about 3 to 4 hours at a time

What's one of the most common candle mistakes? People let their candles burn too long - or don't let them burn long enough. Candles are developed to burn for 3 to 4 hours at a time. So you'll want to get as close to that burn duration as possible.


The fragrance is emitted through evaporation from the hot wax pool. So the larger the pool of hot wax, the more it can be emitted. If it burns too long, your candle may become too hot and its wax may become too thin. The heat can actually damage some of the fragrance oils in the candle, and the thin wax can cause the candle to shed soot.

Candle Glass Jar

Candle Glass Jar     


2. Do not place the candle in a windy area

Wind can cause candles to burn unevenly. Keep candles away from vents, windows, or drafts. If you notice the flame flickering, move the candle to an area where there is less air movement.


3. Place the candle on a heat-resistant surface

This may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. Before lighting your candle, make sure your candle is on a solid, heat-resistant surface. Otherwise, you could damage your furniture. (And, of course, keep your candle away from flammable objects - away from any children or pets who might knock it over.)


4. Don't let your wick mushroom

Have you ever seen a candle wick with what looks like a small piece of burnt popcorn on it? This is known as a mushroom. Be sure to remove the mushrooms from the wick before relighting the candle. (Otherwise, you may get a very large, smoldering flame.) When you go to trim your wick, look for the mushrooms and remove them. Then relight your candle.

BOYE Luxury Unique Design Candle Glass Jar For Candle Making

BOYE Luxury Unique Design Candle Glass Jar For Candle Making

5. Keep the lit candles a few inches apart

If you decide to light several candles at once, be sure to keep them a few inches apart. If you place them closer together, they may cause each other to heat up or melt. Keep it at least 5 to 6 inches apart [between candles] for optimal performance.


6. Follow the instructions

It is always a good idea to read the instructions. Candles can be made from many different ingredients, so it pays to follow the instructions that come with your particular care. This can help you ensure that your candle lasts as long as possible.


7. Don't leave your candles unattended

Don't leave your candles unattended and don't leave your candles lit while you sleep. Accidents can and do happen, and you can avoid them by being present and staying awake when you light your candles.

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