Saturday, October 23, 2010

Candle Care

Tips on how to get the most out of your candles!

  • For most candles, wicks should be trimmed to 1/4" (0.6 cm)before each lighting.  Do not trim tealights or 3-wicks
  • To avoid dripping, always place candles on a flat, level surface away from drafts
  • To heighten the gloss and/or remove scratches from candles, rub gently with a fine mesh stocking
  • Avoid placing candles in direct sunlight to prevent fading and warping
  • If black "carbon balls" build up on a wick, extinguish the flame and trim the wick for clean and even burning
  • Always remove debris, such as wick clippings, from candles and candle holders
  • Optimum burn time for pillar candles - burn for an hour for every inch of diameter (i.e. burn for 3 hours if pillar is 3" round)
  • After the candle is extinguished and the wax is still soft, gently "hug" the top edges of the candle inward and straighten any leaning wicks.  This will help the candle consume the wax more evenly on the next burn
  • Always use a snuffer to extinguish candles.  Blowing them out can change the position of the wick.

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