Did you know that burning your candle properly can actually prolong your candle's burn time, leaving you with a longer burning candle?
Be honest. Have you ever purchased a candle and actually read the label on the bottom of the candle? Most of you will probably say no. Did you know that the warning label on the bottom of the candle tells you how to safely burn your candle? Let's get into it.
WOODEN WICK CANDLE CARE 101: The Basics.
Burn within sight. Never leave a burning candle left unattended. This one is simple but so, so important. If you leave the room, simply blow out your candle.
Do not burn your candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep away from drafts, children & pets. Have a long curtain? Maybe some house plants? Make sure that you're not burning your candle near anything that could potentially catch fire. The most common hazards are ones you don't think about such as a draft from the window blowing the curtain to the flame or a child or pet getting too close and knocking it over. Be aware of your surroundings and have your candle on a heat-resistant surface away from anything that can catch fire.
Never touch or move a hot candle. Candles are quite literally small little fires. Fire = heat. Even if you just blew the candle out, do not move it until it's cooled and the wax has solidified.
Trim your wicks. Before each burn, trim your wick to 3/16" (5mm) to prevent tall flames, smoking and soot. You can do this with a wick trimmer, nail clippers or by simply using your fingers to snap off the burnt area of the wick. Trimming your wicks will give you a longer, cleaner burning candle and is definitely a game changer in prolonging the longevity of your candle.
Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time. For safety purposes, don't keep a candle burning for longer than 4 hours. If you burn your candle for too long, it can lead to a dangerously large flame, smoke and soot.
Discontinue use when 1/2" of wax remains. As your candle burns lower and lower, the hotter your vessel gets since the flame is near the base. For safety reasons, it's recommended that you discontinue use when 1/2" of wax remains to prevent your vessel from overheating and possibly shattering. For safety reasons, we use specific wick clips to ensure that you can't actually burn our candles down to the base.
We know this may seem like a lot but once you have these candle care steps ingrained in your thoughts, you'll think twice about how you burn your candles moving forward. Accidents can happen and things can change in a blink of an eye. We want you to be able to enjoy your candle in a safe environment. Some of this may seem silly but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
& remember to always trim your wicks!