Have you ever wondered if there’s a right way to care for your candles when you burn them so that you have the best candle experience you can? There definitely is! If you buy a lot of candles and love to burn them around the house these simple tips will help to ensure that you get the most out of your product and that you always burn your candles safely.
Candle Care Tip #1 – Be Careful Where You Place Your Candle
If you have enough candles that you are storing some rather than using them immediately, make sure to store your candles properly so they don’t expire too quickly or get damaged. The best way to store candles is in a cool, dry place where they aren’t exposed to sun or heat that might cause them to melt.
Candle Care Tip #2 – Be Careful Where You Place Your Candle
When you light a candle it’s important to place it somewhere where you can enjoy the smell without any potential safety risks. The best place to put your candle before you light it is in an area where:
people and pets aren’t walking too close to the flame
away from other heat sources
away from breezy places
near the air flow from a vent
Candles placed near moving air may burn unevenly, start smoking if the flame is blown into the glass, or become a fire hazard. Candles placed too close to a stove, heater, or in some cases a sunny window can melt unexpectedly and leak or lose their shape. The less a candle is disturbed, the more evenly it will burn which means you’ll get the most light and scent out of it that you can.
Candle Care Tip #3 – What do I always say? Trim Yo’ Wicks!
One of the most important things you can do to make sure that you don’t waste any candle wax and that you’re burning safely is to trim the wick of your candle before each use, no matter what kind of wick the candle has. Jackpot’s wood and cotton wicks can both be trimmed easily with tools like a wick trimmer, small scissors, or a nail clipper. You should trim to around 1/4” length for a safe, even burn that makes your wick less likely to smoke or flare.
Candle Care Tip #4 – Let the Surface of the Wax Melt Fully on First Burn
Always make sure to let the surface of your candle melt completely the first time you light it.One of the most common candle care mistakes people make is to blow their candle out before the surface has melted during the first burn, which can cause several issues with your candle. When you blow the candle out too soon the first time you can cause tunnelling. That’s when the wax in the middle of the candle burns but the sides don’t. This wastes most of the wax in your candle and makes it hard for you to find a Jackpot Candle jewelry surprise.
Candle Care Tip #5 – Never Burn for More Than Four Hours
When burning a candle, the recommended burn time is about 2 – 4 hours. If you burn a candle for longer than four hours you risk several things like
a dangerously high flame
smoking and soot
damage to your wick that will affect every burn after
the jar can get too hot.
When you burn for two to four hours you ensure that less wax is wasted by high flames and get the safest and most burn time out of your candle.
Candle Care Tip #6 – Don’t Burn Your Candle All the Way to The Bottom
While it’s important to care for your candle so you don’t waste wax and do get the most burn time that you can, burning your candle all the way to the bottom of the jar can be dangerous. The bottom of the candle can become too hot and damage your counter or table, or the candle could smoke as the wick burns to the bottom. Blow your candle out and discard the remaining wax or jar when there is around ¾ inches of wax left to be safe.
If you follow these simple care steps for your candles, you’ll get the most out of your investment. You’ll also be able to keep extra candles around the house so you never run out and can have different scents and colors to match your mood. Enjoy your candles!
(Recipe credits: New York Times’ Classic Hot Chocolate recipe by Melissa Clark; Shaken Together’s French Vanilla Hot Cocoa recipe by Melissa Riker; Tasty’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe by Ellie Holland; Well Plated’s French Hot Chocolate recipe by Erin Clarke)
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