Candle Care and Maintenance
We love how candles fill a room with peaceful radiance and scent... and with the proper candle care and maintenance, your candles can continue to burn beautifully for a long time.
Here are a few candle care suggestions on how to best love and care for your candles at home.
Step-By-Step Candle Care Tips:
- Each time you light your candle, be sure to let the wax in your candle melt completely to the edges of the container (about 1 hour) before blowing it out. This will help prevent “tunneling," where only the wax in the center of the candle melts.
- For the best candle care, remember to avoid burning any candle for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. This is a safety precaution and will make it so that your candle can be used again on multiple occasions.
- Trimming the wick of your candle before you relight it is a great way to keep your candle wax clean and burning nicely. Always check that the wick is centered in the melted wax and regularly trim to about ¼” tall. One easy way to do this is by using a wick trimmer, which is designed just for that, or using a pair of scissors can also do the job.
- Another way to extinguish your candle flame without creating any smoke is by using a wick snuffer or dipper. A wick dipper is a simple tool that dips the flame into melted wax and pulls it back up, ready for the next lighting. Once you try one, you'll love it.
- To keep dust out of your candle when it is cooled and not in use, remember to cover yours a few hours later with a paper topper, lid or cotton bag that it may have come with.
A Few Candle Care Safety Tips To Remember:
• Never leave a burning candle unattended, or burn on or near anything that might catch fire, or try to move it while it is burning.
• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
• Be sure to place candle on a stable, heat resistant surface before lighting. For candles in metal vessels, using a cork or stone coaster is best as they tend to get hotter than others.
• Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings and debris, including burnt matches.
• Avoid air drafts which can cause sooting and uneven burning, and remember to burn all candles in a well-ventilated room.
• As relaxing as it might be, never fall asleep to candlelight! If you prefer a scent while you sleep, a reed diffuser is a safe way to diffuse scent throughout a room during the day and night without needing any flames.
• Be sure to extinguish and let cool a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
• Know when it’s time to say goodbye... we recommend stopping to use your candle once only ½” of wax remains at the bottom. There are many fun ways to repurpose your candle container after the candle is finished. We've put together a few ideas and tips for reusing your candles here!